Libyan GMU student stranded by travel ban

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WASHINGTON, D.C. — A Virginia college student with a 3.98 GPA can’t return to campus from her home country of Libya due to President Trump’s travel ban.

Najwa Elyazgi, 23, is a senior at George Mason University and has been studying in the U.S. for the last three years. When she was waiting in line to fly into Dulles from Istanbul on Jan. 28, she was told by a security official that she couldn’t board the plane due to Trump’s executive order.

Trump signed Executive Order 13769 on Jan. 27 to halt all immigration from the Muslim-majority countries of Iraq, Syria, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen for 90 days.

The legality of that order is currently being battled out in federal courts across the country. The Department of Homeland Security suspended the ban on Saturday, and the Justice Department is expected to challenge this suspension at their earliest opportunity.

Elyazgi has filed an affidavit asking for an exception to be made for her to be allowed to come into the country. It’s unclear if she’ll be able to fly in while the ban is suspended.

An email from Virginia’s Deputy Solicitor General, Trevor Cox, indicated that as of Saturday, Elyazgi is still in Istanbul.

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