Travel ban strands Brooklyn doctor in Sudan
President Donald Trump's executive order that temporarily blocks people from seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States has stranded a Brooklyn doctor in Sudan.
Dr. Kamal Fadlalla, who is from Sudan but lives in Crown Heights and is a resident at Interfaith Medical Center in Bed-Stuy, left to visit his overseas family last Saturday. Now he can't come back.
The travel ban blocks people from Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States, even if they are refugees or green card holders. Naturalized citizens are exempt from the ban.
Fadlalla had an H-1B visa for foreign workers in specialty occupations and has lived in Brooklyn for the last 20 months.
Colleagues at Interfaith Medical Center say they've been keeping in touch with him and want him to return to Brooklyn.
Lawyers from both his union and the hospital are working to secure his return.