Denying terrorists entry in the United States is a great initiative. As long as boundaries are clear about who’s who and their intentions. Unfortunately, since the traveling ban has been in effect, it seems that only honest people fell victims to mass discrimination. No exception is Dr. Kamal Fadlalla, who, until recently was stuck in Sudan after he took a brief time out from his duties. Even though the President’s executive order denied him access to the country and subsequently to his home and life he has built here, a judge temporarily halted the immigration ban, action that allowed Dr. Fadlalla to return home on Sunday morning, February 5th.
However, he is not angry at anyone for what has been recently going on in the country. Instead, the Interfaith Medical Center in Bedford-Stuyvesant second-year internal medicine resident told reporters who went to greet him his only concern was for his patients left behind in Brooklyn.
“Yeah, we are doctors, you know, just our job to help people, respond to the people, advocate for the patients, this is our job”, said Dr. Kamal Fadlalla upon his arrival.
However, as happy as he may be for being able to return both to his home as well as his patients, Dr. Fadlalla worries about his fellow colleagues still unable to return to the country and their practice because of the President’s executive order on immigration. He told reporters that doctors in his country have prepared for a long time, spent a lot of money and focused on delivering the best medical care possible in hopes of securing a workplace in the United States.
At the moment, officials hope that the struggle doctors and several members of the scientific community that have also been affected by the executive order would raise awareness on the importance of immigration and how much the country has to benefit from it. And more than that, there is also a human side to all of this, U.S. officials say.
Councilman Robert Cornegy was among the first to welcome back Dr. Fadlalla upon his return. He told the reporters he is grateful for his return, especially because Dr. Fadlalla works in a safety net hospital that most doctors avoid. However, he also worries about the physician, as he does not know when will he be able to leave again to see his family in Sudan.
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