Cleveland Clinic doctor says she was detained after Pres. Trump’s executive order

Suha Abushamma (CREDIT: Facebook)

CLEVELAND (AP) — An internal medicine resident at the Cleveland Clinic was among those refused entry to the United States under an executive order by President Donald Trump.

Sudanese citizen Suha Abushamma has been employed at the hospital since July on a work visa.

The 26-year-old doctor from Cleveland Heights tells ( ) she was detained in New York Saturday, while trying to return from a trip to Saudi Arabia, and put back on a plane to the Middle East. She told the news outlet she planned to be in the Middle East for three weeks but cut the trip short after hearing President Trump was proposing the order.

Abushamma told the newspaper she was held for about 10 hours in a room, and was not allowed to use her phone. She said immigration authorities did not interview her.

She said she will continue her vacation in Saudi Arabia, and is unsure if she will return to Cleveland.

She is Muslim and a citizen of Sudan, one of the seven Muslim-majority countries affected by President Trump’s temporary ban on entering the United States. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others and keep the conversation on topic and civil. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review.

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