Man reunited with family in Dearborn after 17-year immigration battle

Posted at 7:43 AM, Aug 09, 2018
and last updated 2018-08-10 08:06:11-04

After a 17-year immigration battle, a Yemeni-American family is reunited with their son.

Since 2002, Ali Ahmad’s US citizen father Ahmed Ali Mohammed has petitioned for a visa for his son to enter the states from Yemen.

The Center for Constitutional Rights documented the numerous setbacks in Ahmad’s journey to America.

In 2017, Ahmad was told his visa was approved, only to see US immigration policy change under the Trump Administration, putting his status in limbo.

The status would change the first week of August 2018 when Ahmad was cleared for a waiver, bringing his long fight to an end at 6 p.m. Wednesday when his flight landed in Detroit.

"I can not explain how happy I am since I got into the U.S.," Ahmad said. "My happiness will be completed after I see all the Yemeni-American and Yemeni families who got stuck in other countries."