Source: Washington Post
KNOXVILLE, TENN. — As the polls closed Tuesday, falafel restaurant owner Yassin Terou pulled up to Bearden Middle School and took 150 sandwiches from the trunk of his black SUV. To the volunteers who had been manning the polls for 12 hours, it was like manna from heaven. Follow the latest on Election 2020
“Yassin is here!” one worker said.
“Yassin! Of course!” said another.
“God bless you,” said, Susan Affel, a volunteer who had been peeling election signs off the gymnasium walls. “This is the first time we’ve been fed since I’ve been doing this.”
With the gift of sandwiches, Terou was celebrating his first time voting in an American election after becoming a citizen earlier this year.
This election was special for another reason: It gave him a chance to help end President Trump’s ban on almost all travel from certain Muslim-majority countries. Terou’s brother and father are Syrian refugees living in Turkey, unable to come to America. His father, nearly 70, lives in a wheelchair due to heart conditions and diabetes.
Trump’s “Muslim Ban,” which led to large national protests in 2017, was blocked by several courts and eventually upheld by the Supreme Court in 2018. President-elect Joe Biden has said that on his first day in office, he will overturn the ban, which includes people who are from Terou’s birth country of Syria.