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2-year-old Yemeni boy whose mom was kept out by travel ban has died



The 2-year-old son of a Yemeni woman who sued the Trump administration to let her into the country to be with the ailing boy has died.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Friday that Abdallah Hassan had died at UCSF Benioff Children’s Hospital in Oakland. He suffered from a genetic brain condition called hypomyelination that left him unable to breathe by himself.

The boy’s father, Ali Hassan, brought him to the United States for medical treatment in October. His mother Shaima Swileh remained behind in their Egypt home. The boy and his father are U.S. citizens but Swileh is not.

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Yemeni citizens are restricted from entering the United States under President Donald Trump’s travel ban. She applied for a waiver in 2017, but U.S. officials granted it only in December after the council sued alongside a petition from Rep. Barbara Lee.

Swileh held her son for the first time in the hospital on Dec. 19.

In June, the Supreme Court upheld the latest version of Trump’s travel ban that barred entry from Iran, Libya, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Venezuela, and North Korea.

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