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Immigration Ban Keeps Two Students From Returning To Georgia

Jan 30, 2017

Two metro Atlanta college students are among those unable to return to the United States because of the Trump administration's travel ban.

Reham Noaman is a third-year graduate student at Clark Atlanta University, while her sister, Rakhaa, is a sophomore at Georgia State University.

Both have student visas, according to their schools.

“[Rakhaa] told me, ‘I don’t know understand why this is happening. You know, I’m not a refugee, I have got a student visa and I’m trying to graduate and then I’ll come back to Saudi Arabia to my family,’” said Christina Maxouris, editor at GSU's student newspaper, The Signal.

A Georgia State spokesperson says the school's international student and scholar services program has been in contact and is trying to help.

The sisters hold passports from Yemen, one of the seven countries listed in President Trump's executive order.

The University of Georgia does not have any students affected by the ban, but officials issued this statement: "As you know, the safety and well-being of the UGA community is our top priority, and it is important that we remain in close communication as new information and direction from the State Department becomes available in the coming days."

“Whether you agree with it or not, from a legal or constitutional standpoint the president can keep [them] in Saudi Arabia and prevent [them] from coming into the United States,” said WABE legal analyst Page Pate.

Many protests against the executive order were held nationwide this weekend, including one at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport.

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