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Local Tri-City Somalian refugee speaks out about Trump's executive immigration order

As many waited Friday to see how Washington state conflicts over president Donald Trump's executive immigration orders panned out, we followed up on the story of a Somalian refugee marathon racer living in the Tri-Cities who is worried about his future in the U.S.

"Right now, my dreams are like shot down," Somalian refugee Hassan Yusuph said.

Somalian paraplegic refugee Hassan Yusuph was resettled in Richland  after 18 months of security background checks from the U.N. hoping for a second chance at freedom.

"Because they told me it's a country of freedom of religion, freedom of worship and I mean that's what I was hoping for," Yusuph continued.

Yusuph was highly anticipating the experience of freedom in America after finally escaping the oppressive groups in Somalia.

"Terrorist group called Al-Shabaab, they came to our house because I'm handicap, my cousin's sisters they raped them, they shot some of my family members too," Yusuph added.

Al-Shabaab also shot Yusuph’s mom in the leg, and burned down his family’s house.

“We were left stranded," Yusuph said.

After being left with nothing, Yusuph continued to receive death threats from 2012 through 2013 from Al-Shabaab until he made it to the U.S.

A week ago, president Donald Trump announced his executive order on immigration banning refugees from seven Muslim countries in an effort to keep terrorist out of America.

However, now Yusuph is worried about his future.

"This new order I mean we feel insecure, I don't know my future," Yusuph said.

Yusuph is also extremely concerned about the ideologies the executive order may create towards Muslims like him in America.

"We don't know what people are going to think about us," Yusuph continued.

Worried that it could create hatred and that he may never see his eight year-old son or nine year-old daughter in Somalia again.

"I was looking forward maybe to file and maybe they could come here to reunite with me," Yusuph said.

However, Donald Trump’s executive order bands Somalian children like Yusuph’s and for now, prevents him from leaving the U.S to see them.

"Now I feel like my freedom..it's been taken away," Yusuph added.

Now, taking an enormous tole on his everyday life.

"I feel emotion, I feel down," Yusuph said.

Yusuph is also apprehensive that his U.S government assistance could also be taken away.

"Maybe my housing, my benefits, my medical," Yusuph continued.

However, he is still keeping hope that things will get better.

"I'm just asking the president, and the government officials to have a mercy on this," Yusuph concluded.


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