Immigration ban separates local woman from her husband - KMOV.com

Immigration ban separates local woman from her husband

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Muna Mohammed and husband have been separated due to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. Credit: KMOV Muna Mohammed and husband have been separated due to an executive order signed by President Donald Trump. Credit: KMOV

ST. LOUIS, Mo. (KMOV.com) - The president's immigration ban is affecting at least one local family.

A young woman living in St. Louis was expecting her husband to come home this week. He has a visa, but a Yemen passport and was denied entry into the United States.
               
Muna Mohammed moved to St. Louis from Yemen five years ago. She went to Roosevelt High School, got her degree and works full time.
 
"I love the country as my country," said Mohammed. But now she says, she feels betrayed. "I've been working 10 hours every single day it's just been heartbreaking, she doesn't know what to do."

Muna married her husband in Saudi Arabia two years ago. The immigration process forced them to live apart, until her husband Abdllah got his visa. It was approved on Thursday, but on Friday, President Trump signed an executive order banning some immigrants from the U.S.

"He got the visa but he can't do nothing with it because it will expire soon," she said.

David Cox, a local immigration attorney, said, "As we've learned from Muna's case, even if we get to the very end and cross the finish line it vanishes in front of you."

Cox is working with Muna's family and hundreds of others. But he says his hands are tied. President Trump issued the orders and there's not much he can do.

"I think indefinitely these people are going to be prohibited from traveling. In the case of Muna's husband, it means his visa will expire and he will have to start over with the visa application part of the process," said Cox.

Muna and her family are afraid it will be months, if not years before she's reunited with her husband.

"We just have hope and faith there's nothing else we can do, just wait," said Mohammed.
 
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