CAIR-Sacramento Valley to Hold News Conference on Stockton 'Muslim Ban' Case Involving Child on Life Support

2-year-old's mother is stuck in Egypt, unable to get to her dying son

(SACRAMENTO, CA, 12/14/18) -- At 11 a.m. PST Monday, Dec. 17, the Council on American-Islamic Relations, Sacramento Valley office (CAIR-SV), is hosting a news conference with Ali Hassan of Stockton, the father of a child on life support whose mother is stuck in Egypt due to the Trump administration's "Muslim Ban 3.0."


Hassan's son, Abdullah, 2, is at UCSF Benioff Children's Hospital in Oakland due to a genetic brain condition that has continued to worsen. Abdullah was brought by his father to the United States for medical treatment a few months ago. 

Abdullah's mother, Shaima Swileh, is a Yemeni national who currently lives in Egypt. She is unable to come to the United States to be with her ailing child and her husband because of the Muslim Ban. She has applied for a waiver, but it is still pending despite her child's life being in the balance.

Doctors have indicated Abdullah's body may not be able to withstand life support for much longer, meaning time is running out for his mother who hasn't seen or held her child since he left for treatment.

CAIR-SV plans to file a writ of mandamus on the mother's behalf to ask the courts to force the government to decide and expedite their response to the mother's request for a ban waiver.

"Our hearts are breaking for this family," said CAIR-SV Civil Rights Attorney Saad Sweilem. "The loss of a child is something no parent should experience, but not being able to be there in your child's last moments is unfathomably cruel.

"From the crisis at our border to the Muslim Ban, this administration is doing everything in its power to undermine immigrants' rights and uphold a xenophobic agenda that tears families apart."

WHAT: CAIR-SV News Conference on local Muslim Ban case, featuring Ali Hassan, the father of a child on life support

WHEN: 11 a.m. PST on Monday, Dec. 17, 2018.

WHERE: CAIR-Sacramento Valley Headquarters, 1122 Del Paso Blvd., Sacramento, CA 95815

CONTACT: CAIR-SV Communications Manager Kalin Kipling-Mojaddedi, 916-441-6269,

CAIR is America's largest Muslim civil liberties and advocacy organization. Its mission is to enhance understanding of Islam, protect civil rights, promote justice, and empower American Muslims.

La misión de CAIR es proteger las libertades civiles, mejorar la comprensión del Islam, promover la justicia, y empoderar a los musulmanes en los Estados Unidos.

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  • علمتني الحياة
    commented 2018-12-17 21:49:56 -0500
    , please God bring this family together .
  • Nicole Najla
    commented 2018-12-17 17:57:59 -0500
    This is a disgrace to our country and what it stands for. It is often proven that a mother’s love can go a long way in helping the child survive or at least die in comfort. I am appalled at the lack of response from our nations representatives. My heart is breaking for his family. Please do something to help reunite them before it is too late. We are treating people like criminals because of their race or religion. It is wrong and not what our founding fathers based our constitution on.
  • Jayeno Noturbiz
    commented 2018-12-17 17:42:11 -0500
    It is unconscionable to keep this parent apart from this child as he slowly looses his life; does it shock me that the current occupant of the Oval Office has instituted a ban which has this result? No a dirtbag will always be a dirtbag
  • Yolanda Romero
    commented 2018-12-17 16:28:23 -0500
    My prayers to this family, please God bring this family together for the holidays God forbid he lives long enough for his mother to see hom..
  • Beryl Gundy
    commented 2018-12-17 16:01:07 -0500
    Have mercy on this family…Let them spend their son’s last hours together…..
  • Geraldine Nazario
    commented 2018-12-17 15:37:08 -0500
    Hello my name is Geraldine Nazario, I writing this because I read the article you and your son, your wife. I was deeply touched by the story as a parent, I can only imagine what you are going through. I am sorry, however if there is anything I can personally do for you and your family please reach out to me .I do not want anything from you, I just want to help. Form a parent to another parent. I was once there two year ago. Here is my Email address
  • Lisa Kelly
    commented 2018-12-17 15:32:59 -0500
    Please allow this Mother to see her son. Please let her be at his bedside. Let’s use our humanity to grant this request.
  • Charisse Jackson
    commented 2018-12-17 15:27:13 -0500
    It is a terrible thing that President Trump will not allow the mother to come back just be with her son shame on him. He by far is the worst president we’ve ever had I will be glad when he’s out of office
  • Sandra Billington
    commented 2018-12-17 15:11:43 -0500
    This mother and child need to be together for his last days on earth. No decent human being can reasonably say no to this request.
  • Becky Miller
    commented 2018-12-17 13:50:57 -0500
    This child NEEDS daily doses of CBD oil and his mom. Stat.
  • Anita Welshans
    commented 2018-12-17 11:37:07 -0500
    Do not let this child dye without his mommy
    Everyone deserves that right