U.S. Travel Ban Strands Thousands of Yemenis in Malaysia

The Supreme Court recently ruled that parts of Trump’s “travel” ban would go into effect including the barring of citizens of six Muslim-majority countries with no “bona fide” connection.

This ruling has stranded thousands of citizens who won a randomized U.S. government lottery last year that enabled them to apply for a green card and permanent residency in the U.S. The lottery was created to foster an image of America “as a country which welcomes immigrants…especially those from Africa,” said Johnnie Carson, a former U.S. assistant secretary of state for African affairs. There are currently thousands of Yemenis who have made the 4,000 mile journey to Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia in order to apply for their visas. The Yemenis are unable to work and are slowly running out of money, surviving off funds donated by other Yemenis or sent by relatives back home.

The future for these wannabe-citizens seems bleak as U.S. officials told Yemen’s government that they will work with those who qualify for exceptions to the travel ban on a case-by-case basis. The U.S. was founded by immigrants and should welcome people from all different backgrounds, especially those who’s country is in the middle of a civil war.

Source: Reuters

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