A Tennessee family was reportedly barred from re-entering the United States despite the fact that the parents and their teen daughter are all born-and-bred Americans, in light of the president’s travel ban on six Muslim-majority nations.
Sabrina Sadaf Siddiqi and her family, including her 17-year-old daughter Zubaidah Alizoti, who is a student at Webb School of Knoxville, were stopped from boarding a flight in Turkey while trying to get to Atlanta.
Siddiqi wrote about her ordeal in a Facebook post, explaining how her family was returning from a “surprise” trip to the Muslim holy city of Mecca, Saudi Arabia, during Webb’s spring break.
“But today, as we tried to board our flight back to America my daughter, my 17-year-old, my kind, my courteous, my loved by many, my Tennessee-born daughter was denied entry back to her country, my country, our country,” she wrote.
While the exact reason behind refusing Webb entry into the U.S. is not yet clear, Siddiqi stated it was “for no apparent reason other than border patrol would not clear her United States passport for entry.”
In another Facebook message to a reporter, Siddiqi said the family would attempt to fly again to the U.S. on March 22.
Zubaidah’s aunt, Megan Siddiqi, also posted about the incident:
The absurd thing in Siddiqi’s case is not just that U.S. citizens faced problems getting into the U.S., it’s also the fact that neither Saudi Arabia nor Turkey are on the list of banned countries — Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen — in President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
That said, the incident is just one of the many to have occurred over the past two months.
However, a federal judge in Hawaii and Maryland issued a nationwide halt to the order last week. The Department of Justice also strongly rebuked the order.
In a speech in Nashville on Wednesday, Trump called the rulings an "unprecedented judicial overreach." He hinted that the ruling was motivated by “political reasons,” and said he would appeal the case all the way to the Supreme Court if necessary.
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