Brothers with family in Flint banned from entering the US

FLINT (WJRT) (02/01/17) – They dream of coming to Mid-Michigan – but they aren’t being allowed to.

An executive order from the President is banning them and other immigrants from coming into the United States.

The Aziz brothers have family in the Flint area. Their father is an immigrant who is now a U.S. citizen; he’s a businessman in Flint. He was able to get Visas for his two sons to come stay with him, but when they got to the U.S. last weekend, they were sent away.

The Aziz brothers are 19 and 21 years old. Both are originally from Yemen but were in Ethiopia because of political unrest in Yemen.

Their father, Aqel Muhammed, was working to get his sons Visas to come to Flint, where he runs several gas stations. Once the Visas were approved, last weekend the brothers flew from Ethiopia to Ireland and eventually to Washington D.C.

Two hours after they boarded the plane, President Donald Trump signed an executive order preventing non-citizens from multiple countries, including Yemen, from entering the U.S.

We’re told once they landed in D.C., they were handcuffed and sent on a plane back to Ethiopia.

Their father has filed a lawsuit with a Washington D.C.-based firm to try to get his sons to Mid-Michigan, but it’s bound to be a lengthy and expensive process.

Several non-profits are stepping in to help the Aziz brothers.

We will continue to follow this story closely today. Stay with ABC12 News and for updates.


FLINT, MI — Thousands of dollars have poured into an online donation site for a pair of brothers from Yemen destined for Flint who were sent back overseas after spending less than three hours on United States soil.

Nearly $26,000 has been raised in less than two days via the CrowdJustice website to help Tareq and Ammar Aqel Mohammed Aziz and 60 other immigrants bound for destinations in America who were turned back at Washington Dulles International Airport get back into the country.

A federal lawsuit filed on behalf of the brothers and dozens of others claims President Donald Trump violated the Immigration and Nationality Act by temporarily barring non-citizens from seven different countries — Yemen, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Somalia, Iran and Syria — from entering the United States.

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