Airbnb offers free lodging in El Sobrante to help them settle in.
The Almurisi family had long dreamed of coming to the United States, confident the East Bay suburbs would offer a haven from the war-torn streets of Yemen.
But the country of their dreams refused them entry when they arrived in the U.S. on the day President Donald Trump signed the travel ban that’s sparked a legal battle and widespread confusion at the nation’s airports. Instead of reuniting with family, they flew 13 hours back across the Atlantic Ocean, where they slept on the floor of an Ethiopian airport for four days.
Dr. Ebrahim Almurisi finally arrived at his cousin’s house in Richmond on Tuesday with his wife, Tahani Alzubiri, and their five children, ages 3-14. The family was one of many disrupted when Trump signed an executive order temporarily barring citizens of Yemen, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Syria, saying he wanted to re-examine the country’s immigration policies and protections against terrorism.