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tv   Between War And The Ban  Al Jazeera  April 27, 2018 6:32am-7:02am +03

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but other leaders might not have understood the current us president all right i think there is a growing recognition that the trumpet ministration has done quite well on north korea if the goal is to sanction isolate and get north korea back to the negotiating table under previous administrations we didn't really see countries around the world kicking out north korean diplomats we didn't see countries like china actually enforcing sanctions and all of that has started to happen and here we are now i think it's jump to say that all of that has led to this i think there's also a big calculation on the north korean side and we don't know exactly what that is just yet but on your comment about you know being in the state department or being inside the oval office i think the state department is probably the wrong agency here the cia has been leading this for for most of the time and i think that's going to continue but if i were that person i think we're off to a very good start but what we're going to have to wait to see is if north korea or a south korea can get north korea on the record coming out of some kind of
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agreement saying that they are willing to move forward with seated complete verifiable irreversible denuclearization if they can get north korea to say that then i think there's going to be some kind of foundation for negotiations to move forward if they're unwilling to do that and the language is soft it's mushy it's open to very wide interpretation that's going to give the united states pause many thanks ok let's just wrap up this half hour of al-jazeera will this where we started it as kim jong un has now become the first north korean leader. set foot into the south for sixty five years the news continues. u.s. president donald trump has said he will slap new carrots on imports of steel in alameda from five g. would mean the days of time times is not something we bring you the stories that are shaping the economic world we live in counting the cost of this time zero.
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and if a man has. been a victim and. are members of the bitter. battle . in the. late battle of. deaths in the beginning. of. one to ten who is not a ability in the village movie but of the movie that was. an element in living and in knowledge only of the thief well that it. is called between his two home countries. yemen a nation destroyed by war and in the midst of what the u.n. calls the world's worst humanitarian crisis. and the united states were donald trump's travel ban has now made it seemingly impossible to bring his family. naish
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illusion to finish a news that. they should follow when you when you want to limit his move to us. we should. miss you been his family have been living in the east african nation of djibouti across the sea from yemen for almost four months. there hasn't been an american embassy in yemen for over three years now because of the war. that means visa applicants including american citizens like machine have had their cases assigned to foreign countries like to booty as they try to get their families away from the consulate. mafi hall and a mission to land up another about how to my feet. my fishing in kenya and my vision. i'm in hot and been hot and heavy
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a while evolution to how to. sell this daughter eleven year old was born with cerebral palsy making it more urgent for her to get adequate medical care something that's become increasingly difficult in yemen and we're. in the matter should at least see if they need it out of. the money you have about just how if one and only happen if not in the bowels of. the fianna sure and mentality that. as the war escalates and as you've applied for visas for his family to join him in the us where he works to support them and where she met can get stable medical care. they applied well before donald trump became president and introduced a travel ban. now so frightened protests marked initial chaotic rollout of the ban which stopped the entry of nationals from
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a number of muslim majority countries including yemen. released just a week after trying to cough us the order more through three versions while it was being challenged in court. so it wasn't until december that the full impact on families became clear when the supreme court allowed the third version of the band to go into effect. a month and a half later his family had their interview at the u.s. embassy here in djibouti describe what happened in the embassy here and. listen in my. yeah i had been so into japan-u.s. it's. because she was born after she became a citizen his youngest daughter could be issued a passport but his wife and two other daughters needed visas. and the effort time went on best fear. and how did you feel when you got there and can learn how to
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after now but not in the helen of the if you just not it's not. that you see show me. they were. one of the changes in the latest version of the travel is the inclusion of one pathway to the u.s. a waiver that can be granted on a case by case basis if applicants meet three criteria the more. each minute would at least. in a little. old me a while and then within that when they hear i wanted to hold it if it was funny the oven talks are fucked and they and if. you have to have one hell of a lot of old me how they had. let me have it of them ah i.
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thought that given seamus condition and the fact that he's an american citizen they would qualify for a waiver. with no appeals process or one hope now is the supreme court which is hearing a challenge to the travel with the decision to come in the summer. until their lives are in limbo. the how in the. vision in general and in a genre and if it. living here has cost him his savings and he's relying on family and friends to get by so now he's questioning if they can bear the weight and to booty still have to go back to yemen so now that you've been refused what's your. plan. again i'm a little nervous. in if you can wait i don't know if the american know how little you know how do the little. julia manasseh. and a lot of gallia money in kenya and. the warn yemen shows no signs of
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slowing as northern rebels continue to fight with the coalition led by saudi arabia and supported by the united states. now in its fourth year the conflict has destroyed much of the country's infrastructure leading to widespread disease and famine and over twenty two million people in need of humanitarian assistance. it's this that so many yemenis are trying to escape as they try to reunite with their families in the u.s. . instead hundreds have been stranded between their two homes stuck in a foreign country. we went to meet with a group of applicants who'd been in djibouti for months many of whom had a ready received a waiver rejections under the ban. who here has a u.s. citizenship. so a lot of you so you you have citizenship was born and raised and so you're applying
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for a whole life. i got their fill of paper here so you know what you're going to do now . now let's listen to me and now look if in the one two minutes we'll be doing this and you know that the lead on the right thing and i'm going with those votes or any of the. most to spend tens of thousands of dollars waiting in djibouti where there's a high cost of living spending fortunes and borrowing fortunes and in the end. if you refuse to. raise the hope and i said if you know them over the last ten years you know i'll do that then i get in the document i was here you know. you could just got out i did yeah there are going to be and i know. that's the question facing everyone here as they grapple with how to keep their families united and figure out where their home is no where and you know how is this
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affecting your your families torn in broken down emotions you know will we come here and signs of hope and then they just tear that apart. the moment fists day was lifted all of these people received these a denial with a notice that they were also denied a waiver a mess is an attorney with the center for constitutional rights which has been working with yemeni american business applications who have received waiver rejections for their relatives she says there's been little transparency from the administration about how waivers are actually granted so how does one apply for a visa or there isn't a formal application process there isn't a real template available there isn't a form of vailable you just go with the very thin language that's in the proclamation and you try to argue that you meet that criteria that you would be subjected to and you hardship if you're denied that you would be in the national
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interests let you win and you don't pose a threat to national security but a. it's a bit of a shadow boxing exercise because you don't really know what it is you need to show to meet that criteria you don't know if you're going to leave or many of the families we met didn't even know that there was a waiver in the largely because they began their application process years ago are you aware of what the waiver process was. or people who had gone through their interview process and filed all the documents while before it was ever such a thing as a waiver so they didn't even make a case for a new hardship on what basis where they've being denied it's like you're getting a rejection for something you didn't even ask for and that seems particularly you know fast that you know your application for a waiver is in tonight and i'm you know you've never even applied for one of these are u.s. citizens and u.s. lawful permanent residents who have a right to be be you know with their families. one
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of the couples we met in djibouti has been trying to start a life in the u.s. for nearly three years i. hear yeah sure thanks for saying us and make some home i'm concerned them a man has to reach muhammad first moved to new york in his early twenty's when he went back to yemen a few years later he analyses or got married and they had their daughter. the war broke out when she was still a toddler. a good i would be the one to be the one but it will be the what case you know what i'm going to get with a hand stuck on a. well that's a tough but i can feel about of a listener that has that has a. little bit of that has to feel that he has definitely a lot of help as a little bit about the play out of that if i don't. play out i don't know if i
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had a lot of. mohammed became a citizen when he went back to the u.s. where he was working and most of his family lives and started planning for aziz on the mayor to join him. playstyle used to offer the house furniture for the house and this is tell me for a minute you and found. when they got to djibouti five year old neha was given a visa but her mother was still waiting for a decision. because of the from the embassy mandated focusing. on these it's come to the embassy to morrow she'd like to know when those lives begin to be put. away the same case same number so they know that you might go to be there so i don't usually get most reject. but as this is interview took place before the ban went into effect and it was unclear to her that she had to make a case for a waiver. i know because a lot of them had the i don't know on the record i walk across the tele i'll show
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them on. the set i got out of time. but it wasn't put into question the political. that says the waiver won't be granted in your case take into account the provisions of help for marriage. they give you any other reason that explain why it was followed by denying that you've asked for advice and just watch the news they even give you information from them and. the family needs to make a decision about their future within days because mahomedan their daughter has to go to the u.s. while she still has a visa. but then the question is where we go. for the house and a hospital that's the kind of hat that has the temple would have that the path that that fish. and bill had on one hand the hat if you can set it to the.
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can. for the hand of the house i don't. know how to handle that in the west and i am sure i will. have. a month and a lot of time to lot. of the. house. for what. i lack. the separation facing mahomedan as he's a shared by too many families their lives on pause as they wait for the supreme court to decide. some in djibouti others having returned to yemen. and their relatives in the us waiting hoping they can be together soon. before the war yemeni americans were able to travel relatively easily between their
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two home countries. that's the case for abdul figgis. he works in the u.s. for an a.t.m. company to support his family. we went to meet him at his apartment just outside new york city home to generations of yemeni americans saw a wave of immigrants they came from our area in yemen abdul's family's roots in the u.s. go back almost a century i'm a fourth generation fourth generation in the country my father was grandfather. from his mother's side of the cities my father was a citizen all my uncles are citizens abdul had hoped his children would continue that line to. she was twenty one years old amanda seventeen when i was nine and this is my wife. and your other son so nineteen years old obama is not in this for he first applied for visas for his wife and four children
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in two thousand and fifteen just after the war began it marked the beginning of their first long separation which lasted almost three years well it's me being here supporting them one. source of income to me i want to live and that was the logic for me to come what's more she was that was part of that time. the next time he would see them would be in djibouti when they left yemen and traveled there for their visa interview with the interview together was in january twenty ninth and then the interview the lower one she was illegible for citizenship she get it is that most of them was rejected. it's difficult to reconcile obtuse family's history in america with the fact that his own children are now banned from coming here that wasn't that america that we felt that their
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name to let them come to. i settled here first so a lot of lives. there for the day we met abdul the rest of his family had just left to booty it was too expensive to stay there so they went to jordan where the wait for the supreme court's decision going to be a life changing decision that said that. when you are living here you feel lonely but you still have the hole that they are going to come on was just going to be a normal process for to brenne them since it's guess that tata done. with the band. and you feel even lonelier than before. kids are on the other side of the globe. that it's as it's very. very very hard then.
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the wait for families is costing them both emotionally and financially. as they try to cope with the uncertainty of what their future is. that i live in a new book but what's in the middle of. the not in. that amount of money but many of. the families we met during our reporting like najib and his family seemed like they met the criteria for a waiver under the. one of the things that where really sort of scratching our heads about it sister and you are an army and how we can show that many of the
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people as you can imagine leaving country like yemen would suffer and you hardship if they're not able to rejoin their families in the u.s. yet there hasn't been any kind of instruction or clarification by the administration as to what standard you would need to show to me that and you hardship requirement. the families we met also seems like they meet the criteria particularly because they're american citizens and in this case his daughter she met needs critical medical care both of which are listed as qualifications to be considered for a waiver. so who's deciding who gets a waiver the u.s. government official position is that it's a consular officers discretionary decision but if you put yourself in a position of a consular officer and you're sort of told and the rhetoric around at the administration is over sort of an overall ban these people from these countries are essentially undesirable we're going to have
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a much harder look to decide whether or not someone should be eligible for a waiver. according to state department data some to congress in the months after the ban went into effect eight thousand four hundred applications from the targeted countries were processed. but only two waivers were approved. the stay. departments later told us that four hundred sixty waivers for granted in a period of four months but they refused to say out of how many applications. i claiming that there is a robust waiver process through which you can take a waiver it's sort of takes away some of the harm it's a bit more of a sugar coating what is an outright ban and not sugarcoating disappears if you look at what's happening on the ground at the radar processes only there but not in. the state department declined our request to interview officials at the u.s. embassy in djibouti or in washington. but while they were in djibouti we managed to
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catch then secretary of state rex tillerson on a tour of five african nations it was just a few days before trump would fire him the yemen war is right next door many yemeni americans are unable to bring their children or spouses to the u.s. nearly all of them are being rejected because of the presidential proclamation what would you say to these american citizens that are being separated from their families the president has put policies in place that are designed to ensure that people coming are fully vetted it is somewhat chaotic we've all witnessed the kinds of attacks that have taken place both in europe we've had attacks in the united states as well the president feels a deep responsibility to do everything he can to prevent those and so he processes have been put in place the do slow processing of people's applications to come to the united states we're going to follow those procedures closely and we hope that
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people will be facia with us while we work through that. one hundred eleven if you need to have somebody shaimaa in the law and then i'm not only them did. assets in the back and want to know while the empty cast. an additional most of the us. within ten days of leaving to go to we've heard that many of the families we've met there have left. most of them with me in. town you. can fix. we met up with muhammad and his daughter on a and brooklyn where they're
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now living with the rest of his family. on camera and. they decided the times he's a would go to a tournament or how much older brother lives while they wait to see what the supreme court decides. and if want to have a no one even. while not going to the home of coffee have highest explain to him cohen in. the future. their hope is that a mayor can get her passport or green card soon so she can join her mother in jordan while mohammad works in new york but it still means her family will be separated. sleeve a little bit time with her mother a little time with her dad that's not good for her is not that far away for snow in . the four months from her mother before most will have father that's going to relate to persons. who want to go to the finish.
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checks she asked and. i love this country that's like my country i love and i'm led to it. and that's one of those phone i need to plan it and sign my daughter by law. this country. but if you tell you is my mother like melfi going to go one day is like was what happened that time on about how much. i make it took away your mum from you she needs a mother because everybody have kids where so we know you know how it is. different with me all the same same feeling seeing everything. so feeling right now rep. michele led me on a. template
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can become better from an online chat focus. and yemen are not getting how did the very best in a come but it gets me. and you should then be if none of them know much then you've sort of went and showed up. for. the decision to leave djibouti happens quickly. well built and mirjam in what can and how to the what you know that's what i mean that's what you know that's what. this fellow who says for the judy. with treatment unavailable for shame and djibouti and as you've told us he didn't know what to do but go back to yemen where he sent us these messages. well.
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how did she mother it was that with the oem feed the house and then feed. it as you have yemen. how that will help but enough of. us back to him the. amount of asia so we had on the law. all he can do now is hope that the country he once called home will let him do so again. how long are we going to view as an american i had a. citizens unable to vote on represented in washington or members of congress do nothing about the cause of the part of the constituents in their responsibility and that is what's underneath this crisis phone lines visit to the island devastated by hurricane maria and demanding the support of the u.s.
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