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Pakistani family reunited after travel ban worry
Flowery Branch resident returns early from visit to homeland over concerns
From left, Shalina Ali, Arshaq Ali, Shahid Ali and Serin Ali sit on a subway bench together on their trip to New York City in December 2015. Serin Ali, a Flowery Branch resident, was on a trip to Pakistan when her family heard about the immigration ban and cut her trip short.
Imagine waking up one day and thinking you won’t be able to see your loved one again. That’s how Ashmal Ali felt when he heard about the immigration and refugee ban issued Jan. 27 by the White House, now held up by a federal appeals court. His grandmother, who has a green card and lives in Flowery Branch, was visiting her father in Pakistan when the news broke and sent Ali’s family into a panic.