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Picture of Dr. Suha Abushamma

(Credit: Don Gerda, Cleveland Clinic)

The specific effects of President Trump’s  March 6 Executive Order involving immigration are still being assessed, but greater Cleveland already has witnessed the human consequences of such federal action firsthand.

Cleveland Clinic resident Suha Abushamma, M.D. had arrived at New York City’s John F. Kennedy Airport the morning ofJan. 28, the day after President Trump signed his first immigration-related Executive Order. In the chaos that ensued, Abushamma was forced to return to the Middle East—where she stayed for 10 days until hospital and immigration attorneys secured her return through high-level discussions with federal officials.

As part of that discussion, Lerner Executive Dean James Young noted that Cleveland Clinic last year produced a video describing that commitment, and had shared it again last month. University track students said they would like to see the piece; which can be viewed online. If you’d like to read more about Dr. Abushamma’s return, you can view the story online.