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Resident returns to U.S. following travel ban

Residency Program Insider, February 10, 2017

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The Cleveland Clinic medical resident barred from reentering the United States following President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration returned to the country earlier this week. Suha Abushamma, a first-year internal medicine resident, was denied entry into the country as she arrived at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York City from Saudi Arabia on Saturday, January 28. Saudi Arabia is not one of the countries listed in the executive order but Abushamma’s passport is from Sudan, which is listed in the order. At the time, she was given the choice of voluntarily withdrawing her visa application or being forcibly deported, meaning she would not be allowed back into the country for at least five years. Abushamma withdrew her visa application and flew back to Saudi Arabia.

Abushamma’s return was secured following high-level discussions between lawyers for the Cleveland Clinic, outside lawyers, and officials from the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the Eastern District of New York. The U.S. Attorney’s Office’s was able to secure permission for Abushamma’s return after communicating with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Source: ProPublica
 



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