President Donald Trump’s America is transforming into a nightmare for immigrants and Muslims following his Muslim ban on people entering the country.
One of the thousands of people affected is a young boy, Dilbreen, who was rushed to the U.S. for an emergency surgery after a heater exploded in a refugee shelter in Iraq. He was suffering with serious burns when he came to the country along with his father, Arjeel, and was admitted to a Boston hospital with the help of the nonprofit organization Road to Peace.
The father and son were set to stay with community organization House of Peace in Michigan while Dilbreen went through several rounds of surgery.
However, after his first surgery, Arjeel had to return to the war-torn country because his wife was expecting. The couple was blessed with baby boy on Nov. 8, an hour before Trump won the election. They named their baby “Trump.”
Soon after the delivery Arjeel tried coming back to the U.S. because his son had to undergo more surgeries, but couldn’t due to the bigoted Muslim ban. The baby’s visa was denied twice and by Christmas their own visas were revoked.
Now, in such a trying time, the Dilbreen’s parents are stuck in Iraq — a country that happens to be among the seven countries barred from traveling to U.S.
Dilbreen’s case was of "hardship and incredible tragedy," explained Carrie Schuchardt from House of Peace. “So they are stranded in Iraq. The child is here. The need for surgery is pressing.”
"We want him to have the surgery he needs when he needs it and surrounded by people that love him," she added.
Sally Becker from Road to Peace who traveled with the young boy to Michigan last year lamented that it will be really traumatic for such a young child to go through an extensive surgery without his parents.
"This issue has been turned into a political football," she said. "It's not just about one little boy. There are many other children who will die if they don't get treated. It's just awful."
Trying everything to help the child out of this misery, Becker also took the matter to social media and requested people to spread the word.
As of now, Dilbreen is staying with Adlay Kejjin, director of the Yazidi American Women Organization in Michigan — an affiliate with Road to Peace.
Attorneys are trying to get special waivers for his family.
Banner/Spotlight Credits: Reuters