A five-year-old boy flying in from Iran was detained for hours at Dulles International Airport in Washington DC thanks to Trump’s ‘extreme vetting’ order, which apparently does not exclude small children.
The Independent reported that his mother was forced to wait outside the holding area for her son, until finally being reunited with him. A video from Washington-based channel ABC7 features an emotionally fraught mother and son making their way through the crowd of arriving passengers.
“The woman is then filmed singing “happy birthday” in English to the child as she hugs and kisses him,” the report reads.
Incidents like these are popping up all over the United States after Mr. Trump’s order – which bars entry to citizens from seven Muslim countries.
His decision caused a tidal wave of backlash and Trump has been condemned by multiple organisations worldwide – including the UNHCR who estimate that 20,000 refugees have been frozen out due to this action.
President Obama has recently joined the protest via a statement from his spokesman, which reads: “With regard to comparisons to President Obama’s foreign policy decisions, as we’ve heard before, the president fundamentally disagrees with the notion of discriminating against individuals because of their faith or religion.”
There is no word on the immigration status of the young boy or his mother as they declined to speak to reporters.
Loaded staff writer Danielle De La Bastide has lived all over the planet and written for BuzzFeed, Thought Catalog as well as print publications throughout the Caribbean.