Charlie Dent

Syrian families bound for Allentown turned back under Trump order

Syrian families bound for Allentown turned back under Trump order

After months of work, the house on Second Street in Allentown was ready Saturday for Ghassan Assali's two brothers and their families.

Assali and his wife, Sarmad, remodeled it and furnished it and were prepared to hand over the keys to the Syrian relatives upon their long-awaited arrival Saturday morning in Philadelphia.

But on his way to Philadelphia International Airport, Assali received a phone call from a U.S. Customs and Border Protection official. Don't bother coming, the official told him. Your relatives have been sent back.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday barring non-American citizens from Syria, Iraq,...

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