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This week in Trump inhumanity: Keeping a mother from her dying toddler

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18.12.2018

The Trump administration is making a fool of Chief Justice John Roberts.

Administration lawyers told the Supreme Court that Trump’s travel ban was not a “Muslim ban” in large part because it grants waivers to those in hardship who don’t pose a national-security threat — and Roberts fell for it. In his majority opinion upholding the ban, he cited the waiver program, which helped give the ban “sufficient national security justification” and was similar to “humanitarian exceptions” used during the Carter administration.

Mr. Chief Justice, tell that to the family of little Abdullah Hassan. Two-year-old Abdullah lies dying in an Oakland, Calif., hospital from a rare brain disease. He and his father are both U.S. citizens. But under the travel ban, his Yemeni mother has been blocked from coming to see her son, her requests for a waiver so far ignored — and it appears the child, now on life support, may die before she has a chance to say goodbye.

“My son, Abdullah, needs his mother,” the boy’s father, Ali, said at a news conference Monday, joined by interfaith religious leaders at the Council on American-Islamic Relations office in Sacramento. “My wife is calling me every day wanting to kiss and hold her son for the last time.” Weeping, Ali Hassan continued: “Time is running out. Please help us get my family........

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