California Student, Who Was Detained 23 Hours at LAX and Then Deported, Returns to US

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Sahar Muranovic’s hands trembled as she waited for her sister.

California student Sara Yarjani, right, is greeted by sister Sahar Muranovic at LAX on Feb. 5, 2017. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

California student Sara Yarjani, right, is greeted by sister Sahar Muranovic at LAX on Feb. 5, 2017. (Credit: Genaro Molina / Los Angeles Times)

The 27-year-old scanned the crowd Sunday morning at Los Angeles International Airport, hoping that her family’s anxious, weeklong ordeal — which began when her older sister was detained, then deported — would soon come to an end.

Television cameras crowded around Muranovic. Her sister’s friend fiddled with Facebook Live, ready to broadcast the reunion to friends and family scattered across the globe. Muranovic stood silently as she clutched a bouquet of flowers.

“Oh my god,” she said suddenly, her hand covering her mouth. “Is that her?”

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