Mexicans gather at the capital's international airport to welcome a Syrian student arriving in the country to complete her studies after fleeing war.
A home welcoming away from home for a Syrian south of the U.S. border. Samah Abdulhamid swarmed by supporters Thursday (February 2) as she touched down in Mexico City after fleeing Syria. "How I feel about Mexico? I'm really optimistic and happy," she said. Samah is part of a programme which sponsors students from the war-torn country to complete university. She's the fifth Syrian to be brought to Mexico under the project and the first woman to secure a spot. "This is a big opportunity for Syrians, Syrian youth to continue their studies," she said. But it didn't come easy. "She is the first female candidate, not because we don't have more females on the list but because it is difficult in some cases to support them so they can get to Mexico. It is a complicated process because of cultural issues," said the project's spokesman, Luis Samano. Samah's reception a stark contrast to scenes north of the Rio Grande this week - huge rallies at major U.S. airports demanding refugees hit with Trump's travel ban be allowed in the country. The president has defended his four-month barring of travelers from seven muslim majority countries including Syria, saying it will help protect Americans. The latest legal challenge to the ban, the ACLU proposing a class-action lawsuit Thursday. Student visa holders the lead plaintiffs, afraid that if they leave the U.S. they won't be allowed back in.