Syrian family denied entry sues Trump administration

January 31, 2017

A lawsuit has been filed against the Trump administration on behalf of a Syrian family who was denied entry into the United States at the Philadelphia airport over the weekend.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Pennsylvania says the complaint filed Tuesday on behalf of the Asali family alleges President Donald Trump’s executive order violates several constitutional guarantees.

The family — including four adults and two children — landed in Philadelphia on Saturday. They planned to settle in Allentown, where family members who are U.S. citizens had bought a home for them.

They were denied entrance and returned to Syria. The families had obtained their visas after a 13-year effort. Trump’s order temporarily suspended immigration for citizens of seven majority Muslim countries.


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