Families separated by new Trump visa order frantic for answers

By Mica Rosenberg

(Reuters) – In early March, Poorva Dixit rushed to buy a ticket to India from the United States, her home for more than a decade, after she learned her 72-year-old mother had fallen from her bed and was in critical condition.

She decided to leave her two young children and husband in California because of the risks of the novel coronavirus spreading around the world. Dixit and her husband are both Indian nationals while their children are U.S. citizens.

A software developer with a temporary permit to work in the United States, Dixit knew that to return home she would have to go to the U.S. consulate in Mumbai to get a new visa stamped in her passport, a requirement for some visa holders when they travel abroad.

On March 16, a day before her visa appointment, the consulate shut down due to coronavirus restrictions. Eight days later her mother passed away.

Now a new immigration order issued by President Donald Trump on Monday that bars the entry of holders of certain temporary work visas, could leave Dixit trapped in India, far from her children, until at least the end of the year.

“I’ve already lost my mother and I am being kept away from my motherhood as well,” Dixit, who is staying with relatives in the outskirts of Mumbai, told Reuters. “At this point my brain is just a fog.”

Dixit is one of nearly 1,000 people in India trapped in similar situations who joined a

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