Odiase is one of two valedictorians at Fisk University, a historically black college in Nashville, Tennessee.
Millions of people around the world apply for visas to the United States each year. Experts say national security concerns have made the process much more difficult. Now, it may be blocking a final reunion between a terminally-ill teenager in Houston and her parents in Pakistan.
Syeda Hasan from Here & Now contributor Houston Public Media brings us the story of 18-year-old Qirat Chappra, who has spent most of her life at Children’s Memorial Hermann Hospital in Houston and hasn’t seen her parents in 13 years.
Chappra’s friends and family have started a petition on the White House website to try and get her parents an emergency visa. Qirat’s cousin Hira Jethwa posted this video of Qirat to Facebook earlier this month: