Refugees pleading for help after Trump's immigration orders

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Ali Alabdullah with his wife and children (Source: 3TV/CBS 5) Ali Alabdullah with his wife and children (Source: 3TV/CBS 5)
PHOENIX (3TV/CBS 5) -

Refugees living in Arizona are pleading for help in the wake of President Donald Trump's orders suspending the admission of all new refugees wanting entry in the U.S. for four months.

Ali Alabdullah, 27, moved to the Valley five months ago with his wife and kids. Alabdullah is still learning English while working full time in Mesa cleaning rental cars.

Not all of Alabdullah's family made it into the U.S. with him. His mom, who has cancer, his dad and his sisters, ages 11 and 12, one of whom is disabled, are still in transit while living in Turkey.

Alabdullah said they all applied for asylum in the U.S. together, but only Alabdullah and his kids were given priority admission because his wife was pregnant. He said he was told his parents and sisters would be allowed into the U.S. shortly after, but that hasn't happened. Alabdullah now fears he won't see them again.

"I need help from anybody, from President Trump, from all people here, to see my family, my father, my mother and my sisters," Alabdullah said.

The Islamic Community Center is consulting with immigration lawyers, the ACLU and other organizations on how to help Alabdullah and other families like his.

"I love America," Alabdullah said. "I want to live here in America with my children, with my wife, my father, my mother, because America is a good country for me, for our life, for the future of my kids."

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