One local Chaldean family is breathing a giant sigh of relief after hearing President Obama’s speech Thursday. San Diego 6 introduced you to Nesreen Daud and her family last week. Nesreen was facing deportation to Iraq … until now.
Daud and her family walked into the office of local Chaldean leader Mark Arabo last week pleading for help. Daud had received a final judgement from a federal judge ordering her to be deported three days before Christmas. On Thursday night, the family gathered in Arabo’s office to watch Obama’s speech.
“Our tradition of welcoming immigrants from around the world has given us a tremendous advantage over other nations,” Obama said.
Nesreen Daud has been in the United States with her family since 2002, and for that entire time, she and her husband, Faris, have been trying to gain legal status. But because of miscomunication with immigration officials about the family’s route to America from Iraq, Nesreen was ordered deported.
Thursday night she and her family heard the words they were waiting to hear.
“If you’ve been in America for more than five years, if you have children who are American citizens or legal residents, if you register, pass a criminal background check, and you’re willing to pay your fair share of taxes, you’ll be able to stay in this country temporarily, without fear of deportation,” said the president.