Syrian clarinetist is allowed to enter US

Syrian clarinetist is allowed to enter US


norman lebrecht

February 04, 2017

The Sryian-born clarinetist Kinan Azmeh has been allowed to return to the US at the end of a tour with Yo Yo Ma.

Kinan writes: ‘I was able after all to fly back to NY last night (as  green card holders are no longer included in the travel ban). It is simply crazy.

‘It is incredible how one signature can change the lives of so many people.

‘I look forward to making more music, keeping one’s voice loud and clear is what one should continue to do I guess.’



  • Ben says:

    Am I really at I feel like visiting lately.

  • Michael NYC says:

    Would Ben care to elaborate further upon his original comment?

  • Anon says:

    I don’t see why Kinan thinks the fact that the ban was clarified, allowing him to return as a green card holder, is “simply crazy”.
    The US temporary ban may need further justification, but a short-term ban on travel from countries with no functioning security intelligence to work with the US, but allowing in vetted green card holder, seems far less crazy than, say, Kinan’s native Syria’s permanent ban on anyone entering from Israel, or anyone who happens to have an Israeli stamp in their passport.

    • MWnyc says:

      What’s crazy is the the executive order was ever issued to include green card holders. (Don’t forget that the Director of Homeland Security removed a ban on green card holders from an early draft and Steve Bannon and Stephen Miller put it back.)

      What’s crazy is the the order was issued in a huge rush with no consultation with – and not even any advance notice to – the departments expected to enforce it.

      What’s also crazy is the evident assumption – an entirely false one – that there were no vetting procedures for granting visas to the US from those countries in place already. There were – and the vetting was evidently working, since the number of terrorist incidents in the US committed by people from those seven countries is zero.

    • Bruce says:

      I thought he just meant “the whole situation is crazy,” in the sense of a crazy situation to find yourself in.