Xenophobic, inhumane and just plain stupid

How Trump's revised travel ban tramples on American values and risks playing directly into the hands of violent extremists

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Mark Runnacles

Shattered hopes

One Muslim refugee tells of being left in limbo - and in fear for his life - after being forced into hiding by President Trump's travel ban.

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Family ripped apart at the stroke of a pen

It was an excruciating choice that no family should ever have to make.

Should they stay together with their two young daughters and miss perhaps their only chance to escape the horrors of war, or should they make a break for freedom but leave their year-old baby behind in a foreign land half-way around the world?

This was the devil’s dilemma facing US-Yemeni dual national Baraa Ahmed and his wife, who were separated from their breastfeeding baby in the wake of President Trump’s discriminatory travel ban last month.

When a US District Court issued a temporary stay on the ban, Yemenis who had valid visas rushed to get to the USA to avoid the threat of being barred again.  But a visa for Baraa's infant daughter had not yet been approved, so the couple faced an impossible decision – opting to fly to the USA, leaving their child behind.

I had no choice but to leave my baby ... It was a very cruel choice, but what could I have done? I had no other choice. I couldn’t risk all of them losing their chance of getting in.
Baraa Ahmed, US-Yemeni dual national

In numbers: Trump ignores refugee crisis

110,000

Number of refugees Barack Obama pledged to admit in 2017

50,000

Trump’s annual refugee cap - meaning 60,000 are denied US resettlement this year alone

4.8 million

Current number of Syrian refugees, none of whom will be permitted to enter the USA