KATY, Texas - A Katy High School student from Jordan is being detained in a Chicago refugee resettlement shelter and his older brother blames President Donald Trump.
Mohammad Abu Khadra, 16, went to Jordan last week to renew his visa. But when he flew back to Houston's Bush airport Saturday, customs agents wouldn't let him through. After about 48 hours in the Houston airport, Mohammad was transferred to Chicago where he has limited communication. This is in the wake of Trump's executive order suspending Syrian refugee admissions and citizens from seven Muslim-majority countries.
"The lines of communication are very narrow," immigration attorney Anisa Thobhani said. "We're concerned to make sure that he's okay and that he knows that there's people working to make sure that he comes home."
Mohammad lives here with his older brother Rami, who's been in the U.S. for five years and has a green card. Their native Jordan is not on the president's ban list, and his younger brother is not a refugee. The family is frustrated.
"We're trying to work with the family and get them all the proof necessary. Identifications, and anything else that they might require to insure that he's able to come out as soon as possible."