After returning to Syria in 2012, only to leave within two months after the civil war broke out, he settled in Egypt that year as a refugee. For the next four years, he lived there in constant fear until, after an arduous application process, the U.S. granted him refugee status in late 2016. He came to the United States this January, narrowly avoiding the repercussions of Trump’s short-lived travel ban. Had Lutfi been scheduled to arrive 10 days later than he did, he likely would not have been able to complete his “landing,” which had been scheduled by the International Organization for Migration. In short, he would have had to refile and wait for another date—the refugee-seeker's equivalent of missing the deadline for your taxes—making it almost certain then that he would not be here today.