Relatives of Milford family blocked from US
President Donald Trump's new rules limiting travel from some predominantly Muslim countries have blocked the relatives of a Syrian family in Milford from flying to the United States.
Sammer Karout says his sister-in-law and two nieces were supposed to come here on Friday, but were held up in Ukraine and returned to Jordan -- despite having visas and passports.
The family fled violence in Syria, splitting up when the father came to the United States to work at Karout's Olive Tree restaurant, where Milford Mayor Benjamin Blake is a regular customer.
The mother and children sought shelter in Jordan, where they waited for around a year for immigration paperwork that would reunite the family, Karout says.
"I'm especially feeling sad for his daughters," Karout says. "When he told them they were going to book the tickets, they put their shoes on. They were going to see their father...Things like this don't happen in the United States, the leader of the free world. Now I'm asking myself if this is reality, or if it's a nightmare."