2-year-old Yemeni boy whose mom sued U.S. to see him has died

FILE - In this recent undated photo, released Monday, Dec. 17, 2018, by the Council on American-Isla
Ali Hassan with his dying 2-year-old son Abdullah in an Oakland hospital in a photo released Dec. 17.
(Associated Press)

The 2-year-old son of a Yemeni woman who sued the Trump administration to let her into the country to be with the ailing boy has died.

The Council on American-Islamic Relations announced Friday that Abdullah Hassan had died in an Oakland hospital. He suffered from a genetic brain condition.

The boy’s father brought him to the United States for medical treatment in October. His mother Shaima Swileh remained behind in their Egypt home. The boy and his father are U.S. citizens, but Swileh is not.

Yemeni citizens are restricted from entering the United States under President Trump’s travel ban. She applied for a waiver in 2017, but U.S. officials only granted it in December after the council had sued.


Swileh held her son for the first time in the hospital on Dec. 19.

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