Editor’s note: Since this piece was published, Dr. Amer Al Homssi has been cleared to enter the U.S. On Wednesday evening, his lawyers said that he had boarded a flight in Abu Dhabi.
Early on Sunday morning, Dr. Amer Al Homssi walked into Abu Dhabi International Airport with a ticket for a 4 A.M. flight to Chicago. He had flown in from Chicago, eleven days earlier, to get married. Now Al Homssi, who is twenty-four and a resident in internal medicine, needed to get back to his job, at the University of Illinois College of Medicine/Advocate Christ Medical Center, in Oak Lawn, Illinois. When he arrived at the airport, he had an Illinois driver’s license and valid J-1 visa to work in the United States. But he was born in Syria and carries a Syrian passport. Al Homssi was not permitted to board the airplane.
A lawsuit, filed on his behalf in …