Trump's executive order prevents Capital Region woman from coming home

February 03, 2017 11:48 AM

President Donald Trump's immigration ban is impacting thousands of people across the world including many in New York. It's keeping one woman from getting back to the Capital Region where she lives and works.

Sirin Hamsho lives Niskayuna with her husband and two small daughters.

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She was traveling in Qatar with her children at the time Trump's immigration ban was implemented. Now they cannot get back into the United States.

“I couldn't believe that something like this could happen in our country,” said Hamsho’s friend Ilham Almahamid

Hamsho was born in Syria, which is one of seven Muslim-majority nations in which people from those countries are banned from entering the United States under the executive order. She is also a French citizen and works for General Electric as an electrical engineer in the Capital Region.

“She loves education in general,” Almahamid said. “She has a beautiful brain really. She's an engineer. So she's very smart. She studied in France.”

Hamsho's husband said she recently received a patent in renewable energy.

Almahamid has known Hamsho for five years. She's also from Syria and believes the president's ban is harmful to both immigrants and America.

“The actions that he's doing are just dividing the country. He's spreading hate,” Almahamid said. “We are at a really terrible place in history, unfortunately.”

“It appears to be a poorly thought out and poorly executed executive order that affects a lot of different people that have nothing to do with anyone's personal safety,” said Ed Smyth, treasurer of New York Interfaith Power & Light.

Smyth and Hamsho serve together as board members of New York Interfaith Power & Light, which supports faith communities responding to global warming. He says the organization is worried about her.

“The best resolution will be for the entire executive order to be rescinded,” Smyth said. “Certainly if it could be modified so that for people in such as Sirin's condition can be allowed into the United States.”

Several of Almahamid's Syrian relatives were going to move the United States before the ban. Their futures remain uncertain.

But Almahamid is hoping for Hamsho's speedy return.

“Her husband, her friends, they are all worried about her and they're all just making prayer for her,” Almahamid said.

Hamsho's husband was at home in Niskayuna when his wife and children were traveling outside of the country at the time the ban was implemented. He tells NewsChannel 13 they have been advised not to speak publicly about the matter for legal reasons.

Trump says his executive order is meant to keep terrorists out and make the country safer.


Nia Hamm

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