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St. Joseph Missouri mom-to-be will give birth without husband after US travel ban
ST. JOSEPH, MO (KTVI) – A pregnant Missouri woman may have to give birth without her husband after President Donald Trump’s travel ban. The Los Angeles Times reports that the 29-year-old registered nurse from St. Joseph is married to a Kurdish man named Hoger Ameen. He is barred from entering the United States after the controversial executive order.
Ameen is a telecommunications worker working in the Iraqi city Sulaymaniyah. Adrian moved to Iraq five years ago to do relief work. She met her husband at church in 2013 and they married the following year.
The 29-year-old husband and father-to-be went to his visa interview last June. The following month, his wife moved back to her hometown of Saint Joseph, Missouri, where the pair were hoping to spend the first couple of years of their son’s life.
The President’s order suspends arrivals from several predominantly Muslim countries, among them Iraq. The trip is off, and Adrian is facing the prospect of having to give birth without her husband present. Even if the order was lifted and her husband’s visa approved, it would take two weeks to mail it to Iraq. The couple tells the Los Angeles Times that they’re devastated.
Rachel Adrian tweeted this message to Donald Trump, “Sorry @realDonaldTrump there is one little Iraqi Kurd you can’t stop from coming into this country.”
Sorry @realDonaldTrump there is one little Iraqi Kurd you can’t stop from coming into this country. #RefugeesWelcome #RefugeeBan #MuslimBan pic.twitter.com/HZhK3w1zn2
— Rachel Adrian (@Rachel_Adrian) January 29, 2017