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In Connecticut, Syrian Family Reunited After Refugee Ban

U.S. Senators Richard Blumenthal and Chris Murphy, both Democrats from Connecticut, greet the newly reunited Kassar family at Olive Tree restaurant in Milford, Conn., on Friday. Photo by Cassandra Basler for WSHU

A Syrian mother and her two girls were flown back to Jordan from John F. Kennedy Airport after President Trump’s travel ban was issued at the end of January. They had waited more than two years for U.S. approval to join their husband and father in Connecticut. This past week, the state’s U.S. senators helped reunite the family.

Senators Chris Murphy and Richard Blumenthal welcomed the Kassar family at the Olive Tree restaurant in Milford on Friday.

Murphy said hello to the little girls who brought their new dolls to dinner.

“We are so glad that you are here…You are going to have so much fun here in America.”

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