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 Cleveland.com (http://bit.ly/2jFrbRC ) 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.