“This is preventing us from attending classes,” Noaman said. “This is a big distraction that could cause us to miss the whole semester and this is something that doesn’t make any sense.”
Noaman has a non-immigrant student visa, which permits her to study at Clark Atlanta, school officials said. She also receives a U.S. State Department scholarship that partially covers her education expenses.
As part of the visa program, she is vetted each semester by the U.S. Homeland Security’s SEVIS unit in order to renew her visa status, Clark Atlanta said.
“Both my sister and me have F1 visas. We are not refugees,” she said. “We pay our money and tuition to attend school in Atlanta. Once we graduate we will be gonig back to our country. We just came here for a better education and just want to finish our education and go back home.”
Mansour Kenereh (center in purple sweater) reunites with family members in the International arrivals lobby at Hartsfield Jackson International Airport Saturday January 25, 2017. The family of 3 were among several people detained at the Customs and Border Protection office following an executive order from President Trump limiting immigration. (Kent D. Johnson/AJC )
Noaman is one of several people with Georgia connections impacted by the the immigration order. Eleven people were detained at Hartsfield-Jackson Atlanta International Airport by federal immigration authorities on Saturday.
Trump’s executive order suspends all refugees from entering the U.S. for 120 days, and bars those from war-torn Syria indefinitely. It also blocks entry to citizens from seven Muslim nations, including Noaman’s home country of Yemen.