Shaima Swileh spent 17 long months fighting President Donald Trump’s travel ban so she could be with her two-year-old son in the United States as he suffered with a degenerative brain condition, finally arriving in America on December 19.
Her little boy, Abdullah Hassan, died on Friday.
Though many on social media mourned alongside Swileh, one conservative columnist sparked outrage with his response.
Kurt Schlichter, who writes a twice-weekly column for the conservative site Town Hall, tweeted just three words: “I don’t care”.
In response to the news that the boy had passed a few days after the boy’s mother prevailed in her 17-month fight to win a visa to spend his last few hours by his side, Schlichter wrote “I don’t care.”
That prompted a number of hurt and angry responses, while Schlichter remained defiant, demeaning the boy’s plight as a “ginned-up media agenda item.”
For the boy’s family, the story is anything but a “ginned-up media agenda item,” after his mother waited nearly a year and a half to see her son as she and the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) fought to get her a visa.
Abdullah's father, Ali Hassan, brought him to the U.S. months ago to get medical care for a degenerative brain condition that kept worsening. The boy and father are U.S. citizens.
Last week, Shaima Swileh touched her son for the first time since winning a legal battle to enter the U.S. to say goodbye to her child. She was granted a visa and a travel waiver after a 17-month fight and arrived in the U.S. on December 19.
"We are heartbroken. We had to say goodbye to our baby, the light of our lives," Ali Hassan said in a statement. "We want to thank everyone for your love and support at this difficult time. We ask you to kindly keep Abdullah and our family in your thoughts and prayers."