Syrian refugee family hopes end of travel ban reunites them with loved ones stuck overseas

SAN DIEGO – When the Alsidnawis sit down to breakfast, more important than any dish on the table are the screens that join them. Sometimes from a laptop and sometimes from family members’ phones, the faces of 27-year-old Ahmad Alsidnawi, the family’s only son, and 32-year-old Sami Labbad, the oldest daughter’s husband, hover over the food. The two have been stuck overseas, waiting for years to reunite with their loved ones in El Cajon, California, a process complicated by the Trump administration’s 2017 travel ban restricted visa processing for Syrians. Between fiscal 2016 and fiscal 2019, the…

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