Mohamed Morsi

A view from New York: Arab Americans work out travel plans as U.S. sorts out Trump's ban

A view from New York: Arab Americans work out travel plans as U.S. sorts out Trump's ban

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...

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