al Homssi v. Donald Trump et al.

“Al Homssi was supposed to be at work today, seeing patients. Instead, he remains in the United Arab Emirates while three lawyers—Thomas Anthony Durkin, Robin V. Waters, and Bernard E. Harcourt—are toiling on his behalf. Yesterday, they submitted to the court a legal complaint as well as a number of exhibits, including a letter from his supervisor stating that ‘his performance has been excellent at all levels. His timely presence is critically needed to continue providing patient care at our hospital.”

“On Tuesday, three lawyers filed a lawsuit—Amer Al Homssi v. Donald Trump—in federal court in Illinois. The next day, some thirty doctors showed up at a court date on his behalf, many of them wearing their white lab coats. Seven thousand miles away, Al Homssi tracked his case on social media, and saw photos of his fellow-residents at the courthouse. ‘When I saw the support from my lawyers, my friends, from my colleagues,’ he later told me, over the phone, ‘I knew that eventually I would come back.'”

“Al Homssi lawyers Thomas Anthony Durkin and Robin Waters later told U.S. District Judge Elaine Bucklo they had reached an “agreement in principle” that would allow Al Homssi to return to the United States Thursday morning.”

“A local doctor who has been stranded in the United Arab Emirates since the weekend is the latest to file suit in Chicago over Donald Trump’s immigration-ban executive order. Dr. Amer Al Homssi, 24, a resident of internal medicine at Advocate Christ Medical Center in Oak Lawn and visitor-visa holder, traveled to the UAE for his wedding, on Jan. 23. He was prevented by U.S. security from boarding his flight from Abu Dhabi International Airport to O’Hare International Airport, the lawsuit reportedly alleges. Al Homssi is a citizen of both UAE and Syria.”



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