By Farida Chehata – Published in the Los Angeles Daily News
Several years ago, a client of mine at the Council on American-Islamic Relations came to the United States from Yemen to study dentistry. After graduating from one of the nation’s most prominent programs, he was hired on as a professor and is now training the next generation of U.S. dentists.
Recently, though, my client received devastating news: a diagnosis of an acute form of leukemia. Neither his wife nor his young American citizen children matched as bone marrow donors, so he asked his mother and sisters if they’d be willing to be tested. They readily agreed – but donor analysis needed to be done in the U.S., and because Yemen is one of the countries impacted by the Trump administration’s Muslim ban, initial attempts to obtain temporary tourist visas were denied.