2017-02-15 / World News

Jewish refugee group helps reunite Syrian family

A Syrian family was reunited with help from the resettlement agency HIAS after the mother and her two daughters were temporarily prevented from traveling to the United States by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

Razan Alghandour and daughters, Hanan, 8, and Lian, 5, were reunited with their husband and father, Fadi Kassar, at John F. Kennedy Airport in New York, the Hartford Courant reported.

Kassar had been granted asylum in the United States in 2015 and settled in Connecticut. His family was due to join him last month, but they were barred from boarding a connecting flight in Ukraine after Trump signed the order on Jan. 27, forcing the family to return to a refugee camp in Jordan.

According to a statement from HIAS— the former Hebrew Immigrant Aid Society—the group raised the family’s case with government officials and in the media, and had a lawyer on hand to greet the family at the airport.

“Unfortunately, this is just one of thousands of cases of innocent people who have been wrongly denied entry to the U.S.,” HIAS CEO Mark Hetfield said. (JTA)

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