Yemeni Rafek Ahmed Mohammed Al-Sanani, 22, looks through documents as he speaks with Reuters in Serdang, on the outskirts of Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia July 20, 2017. REUTERS/Rozanna Latiff
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Yemen is urging the U.S. government to take in dozens of Yemenis who traveled to Malaysia in recent months expecting to immigrate to the United States, only to find themselves stranded by President Donald Trump's temporary travel ban.Largely unreported has been the fate of one group – thousands of citizens of the six countries who won a randomized U.S. government lottery last year that enabled them to apply for a so-called green card granting them permanent residence in the United States.Yemeni officials in Washington launched talks with the State Department this month to find a way to get dozens of Yemeni lottery winners into the United States despite the travel ban, said Yemen's ambassador to the United States, Ahmed bin Mubarak.A State Department official declined to comment on how the United States was working with Yemen on the issue.Yemeni officials provided Reuters with a list of Yemeni lottery winners, mostly in Malaysia, which they have also given to the State Department. It showed 58 Yemenis still waiting for a response to their applications, including some who have been stuck in security checks for more than eight months.
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