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Muslim man returns to Oklahoma after being on U.S. 'no-fly' list

A Muslim man born and raised in McAlester was allowed to return to Oklahoma after months of being prevented from leaving the Middle East bound for the United States.
by Carla Hinton Modified: November 19, 2012 at 10:13 pm •  Published: November 19, 2012

“We don't know why this happened. We're grateful they did listen to our outcries,” Mapp-Maynard said, referring to the national Muslim civil rights group's repeated appeals for the government to allow Long to return to the U.S. Also, Long's sister, an Oklahoma City resident, created an online Change.org petition seeking the public's support for Long's plight.

Mapp-Maynard said Long's immediate plan was to travel to McAlester with his sister, Ava Anderson, to see his ailing mother Monday night.

“He's going straight home to McAlester. He was going to surprise her,” Mapp-Maynard said.

She said Long's monthslong wait is not something new for CAIR. Mapp-Maynard said other Muslims have encountered problems like Long's and, like the Air Force veteran, they were not told why they were on a “no-fly” list.