SALT LAKE CITY — A Utah Muslim leader who federal authorities barred from returning to the United States last week finally arrived with his family Sunday to a cheering crowd at the Salt Lake City International Airport.
Imam Yussuf Abdi, a U.S. citizen since 2010, had gone to Kenya to bring his wife and five children, ages 8 to 4 months, to Salt Lake City to live permanently.
“It’s a great day today. I’m so happy,” he said surrounded by friends and members of his mosque, the Madina Masjid.
Though his family was permitted to fly, Abdi was not allowed to board a Qatar Airways flight in Nairobi last Tuesday. He said he was told that his name was on a no-fly list. Three of his children are U.S. citizens, while his wife and to other children have immigrant visas.
Asked why he believes he was detained in Kenya and then again Saturday in Los Angeles, Abdi said “actually, because we are Muslim. That’s it … so because of my religion.”
Abdi has spent the past five years getting approval for his family to come to the U.S. He had gone to Kenya and back several times during that period.
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