A Somali woman traveling with her 2 children was detained at Dulles Airport in Chantilly, Virginia for 20 hours without food or water, after flying in from Kenya.
Najib Abi, a cousin of the family, tells ABC News that the unnamed woman and her two children arrived as Dulles at 8am. While the children, who were born in Kenya, are U.S. citizens, their mother is citizen of Somalia.
Abi also said that the woman’s husband, who is from Minnesota, was contacted by customs officials.
“They told him that you have to get your children because they’re U.S. citizens, but your wife we will deport to Africa — we’ll send her back to Africa today at 10 a.m. So if you don’t come by 10 a.m. we’ll deport her,” Abi explained.
Abi’s cousin was treated aggressively by customs and immigrations officers and pressured into signing papers, which she refused to sign unless she could speak with her husband. Abi also reveals that the woman was handcuffed and denied food and water. The family is also still missing some of their luggage
Thankfully, due to the temporary stay granted by by U.S. District Attorney Judge Ann Donnelly, the woman was able to make it to Minnesota with her children.