For years, Waddh Mubarez has helped people get home.
Mubarez works at a popular travel agency for New York City’s Arab American community, whose members visit the cramped yellow storefront to book trips for friends and family. The requests range from months-long trips to hometowns in Yemen to once-in-a-lifetime pilgrimages to Mecca in Saudi Arabia.
But the nature of Mubarez’s job has changed since the White House in January issued a controversial and hotly contested executive order restricting travel from seven Muslim-majority nations.
A trip home, once a reason for celebration, has become a bureaucratic mess, he said.
Each day, the...