March 14, 2017.
The Ban also tells the heart-rending story of Dilbireen, a two-year-old Iraqi burn victim in Michigan, separated from his parents by the ban. “He needs surgery for up to a year,” says Adlay Kejjan, the 29-year-old paramedic who took care of him during this time. “So to separate the parents after he suffered so much, I think that’s inhumane.” Dilbireen’s parents finally got their visas and reunited with their son on 20 February 2017, after two members of Congress intervened. His parents hadn’t held him in three months.
When asked what he would say to the likes of Abdul Ghani and his family, Republican congressman Lou Barletta told Fault Lines’ Sharif Abdel Kouddous, “I sympathize. Yeah, sure I do, but I sympathize with American victims. So we can’t just give examples on one side and be ignorant to the Americans, innocent Americans who expect their government to protect them first… My question would be, so who are you arguing on behalf of? Those outside of America or the American people? Aren’t you worried about the American child and the American family who has done nothing wrong in their own country – that we have allowed people to come into America to slip through this program or any other program and do harm?”
A Department of Homeland Security report obtained by Associated Press found insufficient evidence that citizens from the seven countries affected by the original immigration order posed a terror threat to the U.S. Similarly, the Ninth Circuit Court of Appeals said the Trump administration had shown “no evidence” that anyone from the affected nations had committed terrorist acts in the US.
The Ban premieres on Al Jazeera English at 2230 GMT / 2330 WAT on Wednesday, 15 March 2017 and repeats on Saturday, 18 March 2017 at 1630 GMT / 1730 WAT / 1830 CAT / 1930 EAT.