Utah Muslim leader worried he might never be able to return to the US – Salt Lake Tribune

A Utah Muslim leader who had been barred from boarding a flight to the United States to Kenya for several days, then missed a connecting flight after officials at Los Angeles International Airport allegedly failed to promptly give him his boarding pass, returned to Salt Lake City on Sunday afternoon.
But the last leg of his journey included one more delay, according to Yussuf Awadir Abdi, who had traveled to Kenya to pick up his wife and five children.
Abdi, the imam of Salt Lake City’s Madina Masjid Islamic Center, said his wife — for an unknown reason — was not going to be permitted to board the plane in Los Angeles.

However, the pilot of the American Airlines plane stepped in, he said.
“The American pilot said, ‘We will not separate the family,’ ” Abdi said. After a 20-minute delay, his wife was allowed on the plane.
Abdi, a U.S. citizen since 2010, was barred from leaving Nairobi’s Jomo Kenyatta International Airport on Tuesday, after an airline worker said the U.S. government had refused to allow his re-entry.
The imam’s travel trouble came on the heels of President Donald Trump’s executive orders to block or restrict refugees and travelers from …

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