President Donald Trump’s immigration ban crushed the dreams of international students, who were on their way to study at American universities; refugee families, who were looking forward to starting new lives in the United States; and the parents of 4-month-old Fatemeh Reshad, who were fighting to save their infant’s life.
Baby Reshad was denied entry to the U.S. from Iran thanks to Trump’s ban against seven Muslim-majority countries.
The child needed to come into the country to undergo a lifesaving surgery for a heart defect called transposition of the great arteries or TGA, The Huffington Post reports.
They were initially on their way to Oregon on Sunday when their plane was suddenly rerouted back to Iran. While the baby’s chances of survival dwindled each day, her family was told they would have to wait 90 days to apply for a U.S. visa as a result of Trump’s executive orders.
The family’s attorney reportedly contacted the U.S. State Department for help with securing a waiver. They also contacted Oregon Sen. Jeff Merkley, who then reached out to Secretary of State Rex Tillerson.
Once the family was given the green light to make their way back to the U.S., the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) arranged their travel.
“This was truly a team effort to beat the clock, given the medical and legal hurdles Fatemeh was facing,” Portland immigration attorney Jennifer Morrissey said in a statement
Upon the family’s arrival, their baby girl was finally admitted to Oregon Health & Science University’s Doernbecher Children’s Hospital in Portland on Tuesday.
"In the 90 years that Doernbecher has been a hospital, we've never turned away a child – and we never expect to."— Doernbecher Hospital (@OHSUDoernbecher) February 4, 2017
“Fatemeh looks well. Our tests this morning have confirmed her diagnosis and the urgent need for treatment,” pediatric cardiologist Dr. Laurie Armsby said in a statement. “As we suspected, her heart condition has resulted in injury to her lungs, however, the studies today indicate that she [was] presented to us in time to reverse this process.”
While the future of the ban is still in limbo, there has been a temporary hold issued thanks to Seattle-based United States District Court Judge James Robart, who instituted a nationwide restraining order against it.
Several organizations are filing lawsuits as a result of Trump’s discriminatory order, including the American Civil Liberties Union and the National Immigration Law Center.
“The President’s discriminatory executive order has trapped these vulnerable people in life-threatening conditions,” IRAP Director Becca Heller said in a statement. “We are currently devoting nearly all of our resources to finding emergency remedies to protect them, when we should be utilizing existing legal pathways that could offer them permanent safety.”
The president may have drastically downplayed the effects of his order, but individuals — like the Reshads — are sharing the truth about the mayhem this ban has caused in innocent peoples' lives.
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