Ali Family Fund

On Saturday, 12-year-old Eman Ali, who has an immigrant visa, was prohibited from traveling to the United States and reuniting with her U.S. citizen parents and siblings due to the January 27, 2017 executive order banning individuals from seven Muslim countries from entering the United States. 

Eman has been separated from her family and living with her grandparents in war-torn Yemen while waiting for U.S. authorities to grant her a visa. After more than five years, an in-person interview with Department of State officials in Djibouti, and intense background and medical checks, Eman was issued a visa last week. With her visa in hand, Eman and her father were excitedly preparing for the flight that would reunite Eman with her U.S. citizen mother and two U.S. citizen sisters. “Everybody was happy,” Ali said in a phone interview with Slate . “We were almost done after six years.”

However, due to President Trump’s executive order, she and her father were unable to board their plane back to the United States. Eman and Mr. Ali were devastated. “I got shocked because I don’t know what I have to do,” Mr. Ali said in a telephone interview with ProPublica on Sunday. “I can’t take her back to Yemen. And I can’t leave her here by herself — she is only 12 years old.” Eman doesn’t understand why she can’t go home to California and be with her family. As reported in ProPublica, she asks “‘Why only Yemenis? Why only us? Why only me?’”

Eman and her father are still in Djibouti, a country in which they have neither ties nor family. As reported in the Merced Sun-Star, Mr. Ali doesn’t know when he may come back.  “I wouldn’t believe they’d stop her. The USA is supposed to be the example of freedom. Now, where did that freedom go?”

Due to the executive order, the Ali family is incurring costs related to their prolonged stay in Djibouti, changed travel plans, and legal fees. Mr. Ali, the sole financial provider for the family, is also unexpectedly having to take an extended period of time off of work for while he is with his daughter abroad. Please consider donating to help support the Ali family.

Additionally, please contact your own local U.S. Senators and Representatives, as well as U.S. Senators and Representatives who have not yet spoken out against the executive order. Use the story of Eman and her family (just one of so many people impacted) to talk about how unfair and un-American the executive order truly is. 

This page has been set up by Van Der Hout, Brigagliano, & Nightingale to receive donations on their behalf.


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