Manny Dahari was born in Yemen and was travelling back to the US – where he is a student – from a family visit in Israel when he was affected by President Trump’s travel ban. This article in the Forward explains what happened next, and also gives the background to Manny’s prolonged efforts to get the rest of his family out of Yemen – a story which will be familiarto readers of Point of No Return.
Hundreds of refugees, immigrants and even legal U.S. residents were
detained this past weekend following President Trump’s controversial
travel ban. Most of the people affected were Muslims, but the ban hit Jews, too.
One of them was Manny Dahari, a Yemeni Jew who saved his whole family
from their native land. He has a green card and has lived in the United
States for almost 11 years; the 23-year-old student is supposed to
receive his American citizenship in a couple of months.
Dahari was on a family visit to Israel when Trump signed the order
that included a 90-day ban on entry to all citizens of seven
predominantly Muslim countries, including Yemen.
In a widely circulated Facebook post
Dahari wrote before his departure for the States, he acknowledged that
“there is a possibility I won’t be able to get on that plane back home.
This is truly a nightmare. I never thought Mr. Trump’s decisions would
affect me in any way.”
Dahari ended his post saying: “For my friends who have been
celebrating Mr. Trump’s decision, you should know this does not only
affect Muslims, but it also affects thousands of Jews and Christians
escaping war and religious persecutions. I hope you take a moment to
think about it.”