Syrian refugees arrive in Erie, reunite with family

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ERIE, Pa. — Hugging, crying and pure happiness as Samir Dabbah and Safwat Jarkas came through the gates to their new home  – Erie.

“I’m very, very happy,” Syrian refugee Samir Dabbah said. “Thanks, America.”

BassamDabbah has worked seven years to get his mother and father to the United States. That hard work halted by President Donald Trump’s travel order.

“Everything was like destroyed,” Bassam Dabbah said. “Seven years waiting, everything like my family had been waiting. Everything was very disappointing.”

But once a federal judge in Seattle put a block on Trump’s executive order, Bassam started working to get the travel plans back on.

Six days after Samir and Safwat were originally supposed to be here and 20 hours of traveling later they finally arrive.

Samir and Safwat were reunited with their grandchildren.

“I was like is this real?” 12-year-old Lubna Dabbah said. “Because I’ve been dreaming about seeing my grandparents for a really long time now.”

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