Impact of Travel Bans on Immigrant Families

ICE Arrests Near CourthousesThough the Supreme Court is hearing arguments regarding the legality of President Trump’s travel ban, the policy went into full effect in December of 2017 and will remain so until a decision is made this June.

The travel ban affects residents of Syria, Yemen, Libya, Iran, and Somalia, and many are questioning if this ban violates immigration law or the Constitution. Although the lower courts had ruled that those with familial ties in the U.S. could not be prevented from entering, those who attempt to bring their loved ones to the states face years of delay, only to be told that their loved ones are denied entry. The ban also includes exceptions for those who worked, studied, or established significant contacts in the U.S., but many still feel the ban is tearing apart families and jeopardizing the lives of immigrants left in dangerous situations in their home country.

Stories in the News of Travel Ban Separating Families

Rabyaah Althaiban is an American citizen who married her husband in India. Althaiban spent over two years petitioning for her husband, originally from Yemen, to join her in the United States. Although things were going smoothly in the beginning, his arrival was delayed due to the revised travel ban in January 2017. After a two-and-a-half-year separation, the couple is finally together, but Althaiban feels that her constitutional rights were violated and now questions what it really means to be an American.

Abdo Elfgeeh is not giving up hope, but his family has been torn apart due to the travel ban. Elfgeeh became an American citizen in 2005. He began the application process, in 2015, hoping to reunite with his wife and four children. After a two-year wait, his wife and only one of the three children were permitted to enter. Elfgeeh is still fighting to get his remaining three children out of war-ravaged Yemen and into America. Although the family came close to being reunited, the remaining children were ultimately denied entry to the U.S. in January of 2018.

However, it is not only immigrants from the countries named in the travel ban that are affected. The new travel ban also accompanies a current immigration crackdown, creating chaos in the lives of those who currently live here. Alessa Pettiti was born in Peru. When she was just two years old, her mother married an American citizen and left Peru, with her daughter, to join her new husband in the United States. Alessa, now 35, is an educated, employed, homeowner who has been denied the work visa she has faithfully applied for and received every year. Without an income, she was forced to sell her home and now faces the very real the threat of being deported. Alessa has no friends or remaining relatives in Peru.

Philadelphia Immigration Lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. Advocate for Families Separated by the Travel Ban

If you have been separated from your spouse and children, the Philadelphia immigration lawyers at Surin & Griffin, P.C. can help families that have been torn apart by unreasonable immigration laws and the U.S. travel ban. You do not have to go through this heartbreak alone. To discuss your situation with a multilingual Philadelphia immigration lawyer today, call 215-925-4435 or contact us online.