Donald Trump signed an executive order on his first few days of becoming president that banned seven Muslim-majority nations from entering the United States. These nations include: Iran, Iraq, Syria, Yemen, Somalia, Sudan and Libya.
Since the ban multiple people that are U.S citizens have been detained at airports and questioned, including legendary boxer Muhammed Ali’s son Muhammad Ali Jr. and U.S olympic medalist Ibtihaj Muhammad.
Now, according to the Associated Press, Syrian cinematographer, Khaled Khateeb, who worked on an Oscar-nominated film has been barred from entering the U.S and will not be able to attend the Oscars this Sunday.
Khateeb worked on a 40-minute Netflix documentary “The White Helmets” which covers the Syrian civil war and is nominated for Best Documentary Short.
The documentary includes dramatic scenes of the 6-year conflict, such as people digging through their destroyed homes looking for survivors.
Khateeb was scheduled to arrive at LA on Saturday but was blocked by the Department of Homeland Security. He was granted a Visa to attend the Oscars on Sunday but was detained by Turkish authorities, according to the internal U.S. government correspondence, and he needed a passport waiver from the U.S. to enter the country.
The U.S. would not give him such waiver and and no explanation was provided for why Khateeb was detained.
Khateeb was looking forward to his trip to LA, but said if he wasn’t allowed he would still be optimistic that his message of hope will get around.
“If I cannot enter the US, I will not give up: we know that we have many friends in the US, that there are people that share our humanitarian values. I look forward to meeting them all one day,” he stated.