A 4-month-old Iranian girl in need of heart surgery has been granted a waiver to President Donald Trump’s controversial immigration ban to enter the United States so that the infant can have the life-saving procedure in Portland.
An executive order issued by President Trump bans immigration from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. But, the Iranian infant has been granted the waiver after Gov. Cuomo secured legal assistance for the infant’s family, just as a federal court judge in Seattle granted a temporary injunction on Trump’s executive order.
Fatemah Taghizadeh and her parents were all set to travel to Dubai, en route to the United States, when President Trump signed the order banning visitors and refugees from 7 Muslim-majority countries.
Gov. Cuomo worked with the International Refugee Assistance Project (IRAP) to petition for a much-needed waiver for the family.
The government said in a statement, “We will continue to work with the International Refugee Assistance Project to ensure this baby receives the treatment she needs, and fight for those being unfairly shut out of America’s gates by this policy.”
A spokesperson for Gov. Cuomo also announced that doctors at Mt. Sinai have agreed to perform the much-needed life-saving surgery for free. Fatemah has multiple structural abnormalities and two holes in her heart.