Crowd gathers to welcome Kurdish family to Nashville airport

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (WTVF) - More than 100 people showed up to the Nashville International Airport Sunday to welcome a Kurdish family who was initially denied entry into the U.S. due to President Donald Trump's travel ban.

According to WTVF in Nashville people showed up with signs and flowers and gifts to welcome the family to Music City.

Fuad Suleman, a former interpreter for the U.S. government, and his family were stopped last weekend from traveling to the U.S. while on their way from Iraq to Nashville.

President Trump's executive order was signed while they were en route to Nashville.

WTVF reports that despite being granted a special immigrant visa by the government and undergoing two years of background checks, interviews, biometrics, and screenings, the family was stopped in Cairo and deported to Iraq.

The family was greeted with many chanting, "Welcome home."

"The amount of support that you have showed and your open arms make this day a very exceptional day," Suleman said to a large crowd, including council members. "Please allow me to thank all of the people of America and all those who helped me and supported me, especially my fellow Nashvillians."