Interfaith doctor returns from native Sudan

An immigrant doctor left stranded in his native Sudan after President Donald Trump's travel ban has returned to Brooklyn.



"It was my dream actually to come to the United States," says Dr. Kamal Fadlalla, who moved to Crown Heights 20 months ago to work at Interfaith Medical Center in Bed-Stuy. "I work very hard."



The president's travel ban blocked immigrants and refugees from seven Muslim-majority countries -- Sudan, Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Syria and Yemen, even if they are refugees or green card holders. Naturalized citizens are exempt from the ban.



It went into effect on Jan. 27, and a day later, Fadlalla could not board a flight back to the United States. After a week in limbo, a federal judge in Washington temporarily suspended the ban.



Fadlalla took advantage and returned to Brooklyn on Sunday, but he has lingering concerns.



"I'm worried that I cannot make it again to visit my family," he says.



The fate of the ban is currently in an appellate court, but will likely remain uncertain until the Supreme Court hears the case.


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