ISTANBUL (KABC) --A man trying to reach his family in Southern California was among those devastated by President Donald Trump's travel ban.
Authorities refused to allow Nail Zaion, a Syrian nationalist, to board his flight out of Turkey on Sunday.
Zaion was visibly shaken as he left the gate.
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His wife and son have been living in Los Angeles for two years. Zaion received his U.S. reunification visa on Friday and immediately reserved a plane ticket.
But when he arrived at the Istanbul airport on Sunday, he was turned away.
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"So I came here, I showed them my visa. I showed them everything. They told me, 'We can't allow you to travel.' I told them, 'I will go on my own responsibility.' He said, 'No,'" Zaion explained. "So I don't know what to do right now."
Zaion didn't say if he had spoken with his wife and son in Los Angeles.