UTAH — On Thursday, a refugee family from Afghanistan was greeted by a big crowd of Americans at the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Ali Hassan, his wife, and their five children left Afghanistan during the Taliban regime and lived in a Pakistani refugee camp for many years.
As the Hassans were preparing to leave for the U.S., President Trump issued an executive order temporarily stopping refugees from entering the U.S. via seven Muslim-dominant countries.
The Hassan family was the last group of refugees to enter Utah before the ban goes completely into effect.
About 300 people were gathered when they arrived. Many were seen holding up signs, banners, and balloons.
Ali Hassan told reporters: “Thank you so much for your warm welcome, this is the first time in our life that we are welcomed and you guys are so kind and nice.”
Watch the video of their arrival below.
“This is Utah. This is America.” – Catholic Community Services representative welcoming this beautiful refugee family of 8 from Afghanistan. Emotional and overwhelmed by the love and beauty that still can exist in this world. It’s a beautiful thing to be surrounded by humans loving humans. Welcome to Utah!
Real proud of my fellow Utahans for showing up to welcome the last refugee family allowed in for the next 120 days: a family of eight from Afghanistan. Hassan, Fozia, and their five children fled their home in war-torn Afghanistan two years ago and have been living in a refugee camp in Pakistan, awaiting approval to enter the United States. I am so grateful I was able to be one of the 300 to welcome them into our city. And I look forward to welcoming many more. #MakeAmericaKindAgain #NoBanNoWall
H/T: H/T: Huffington News
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