Amanda Bailly: For Syrians, being shut out comes at great cost

When I met Sham, a Syrian single mother living in Beirut in 2015, she had been waiting more than a year for news from the United States Embassy about her asylum application. She had been told her case would get priority consideration because she is a single mother. She was interviewed at the embassy, underwent medical tests, and attended American culture classes arranged by the embassy. She says she thought she would be permitted to travel any day.

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