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Facebook Post, Lawmakers, Friends, Strangers Aid Henderson Detainees

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Protesters at McCarran International Airport rally against tighter immigration rules that led to an elderly Henderson couple being detained in Chicago.

An elderly Henderson couple returned home scared, confused, and exhausted after initially being refused entry back into the country under travel restrictions ordered by President Donald Trump.

Mohammad Nasri, 86, and 68-year-old Farania Moghimi, both legal residents of the United States, were detained for nearly 10 hours in Chicago on Saturday after arriving from a visit to family in Iran.

Daughter-in-law Bita Nasri became worried about her in-laws when she woke up to the news about the immigration ban on Saturday morning.

She started making phone calls but received little information from Customs and Border Patrol. It wasn't until she put out a plea on Facebook that she started to get information and help from friends.

“It has been so beautiful to see people coming together and asking what they can do to help,” said Nasri, who runs a school in Henderson.

People who had family and friends in Chicago offered to go to O'Hare Airport to find her in-laws and assist them in anyway they could.  

Finally, a representative from Sen. Dean Heller’s office called Nasri and stepped in. She also received support from Rep. Jacky Rosen.

She said she hopes the experience leads to ways to prevent it from happening to others. Nasri said her in-laws were resting and did not want to comment.

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