An Iraqi translator who worked extensively with the US military spent almost seven years trying to get his family to America. But with days to go before their departure, President Trump signed a travel ban that put the family’s future in question. Friday, 27 JanuaryBaghdad, IraqIt took seven years for Munther Alaskry to secure visas for his family. Now, they were only four days away from a new life in Houston, Texas, where friends and an apartment were waiting. But instead of spending his final days in Baghdad celebrating and saying good-bye to family, Munther was in a panic.President Donald Trump was about to sign an executive order that would ban immigration from seven majority-Muslim countries for 120 days, including Iraq. Munther – a 37 year old chemical engineer and former translator for the US military – decided they couldn’t wait. He told his family they were leaving Baghdad for the US immediately.His wife Hiba protested – she hadn’t finished packing, and her grandfather was about to have emergency surgery for cancer. She wanted to see him before they left. It was only four days, she told him. “I don’t think we have even one day,” Munther said. After hastily… Read full this story
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