Turdukan Tostokova was putting the finishing touches on creating new homes in America for two sets of elderly Iraqi refugees scheduled to arrive tomorrow. She'd been planning for months for their arrival in Bismarck, North Dakota. She had their rent checks ready to hand over to landlords and was preparing the final details before their arrival.
“I was going to go buy beds today. I was going to buy food tomorrow morning. Everything was planned," Tostokova, a site supervisor for the refugee resettlement program at Lutheran Social Services, told TPM in an interview Monday afternoon.
Then came the President Donald Trump's executive order late Friday that halted the refugee program for 120 days and put a 90-day ban on immigration from seven majority Muslim countries including Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Iran, Sudan and Libya. The effects of the ban are just beginning to be fully realized.
On Monday afternoon, Tostokova got the official word: The families she'd hope to be reuniting wouldn't get that opportunity.
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