Syrian Refugee Family

The Haj Khalaf family, who came to Chicago as Syrian refugees, from left, Mohamad, 22, Aya, 19, Sham, 19 months, matriarch Fattoum Bakir, patriarch Khaled Khalaf, Baraa, 23, and Abdulmajeed sit together at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

The Haj Khalaf family, who came to Chicago as Syrian refugees, from left, Mohamad, 22, Aya, 19, Sham, 19 months, matriarch Fattoum Bakir, patriarch Khaled Khalaf, Baraa, 23, and Abdulmajeed sit together at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A sign hangs in the Haj Khalaf family home from when they arrived at O'Hare International Airport as Syrian refugees Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

A sign hangs in the Haj Khalaf family home from when they arrived at O'Hare International Airport as Syrian refugees Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Syrian refugee Fattoum Bakir sits in the living room of her family home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Bakir and her husband, Khaled Khalaf, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and their now 19-month-old daughter Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Syrian refugee Fattoum Bakir sits in the living room of her family home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Bakir and her husband, Khaled Khalaf, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and their now 19-month-old daughter Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Tea is prepared at the Haj Khalaf family home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Tea is prepared at the Haj Khalaf family home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Syrian refugee Khaled Haj Khalaf holds up his 19-month-old granddaughter Sham at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Haj Khalaf and his wife, Fattoum Bakir, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf, Sham's mother, and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Syrian refugee Khaled Haj Khalaf holds up his 19-month-old granddaughter Sham at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Haj Khalaf and his wife, Fattoum Bakir, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf, Sham's mother, and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

19-month-old Syrian refugee Sham Haj Khalad is followed by her 19-year-old aunt Aya Haj Khalad outside their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Sham's grandfather Khaled Haj Khalaf and his wife, Fattoum Bakir, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

19-month-old Syrian refugee Sham Haj Khalad is followed by her 19-year-old aunt Aya Haj Khalad outside their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Sham's grandfather Khaled Haj Khalaf and his wife, Fattoum Bakir, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Syrian refugee Khaled Haj Khalaf kneads dough as he helps prepare lunch for his family at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Haj Khalaf and his wife, Fattoum Bakir, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and their now 19-month-old daughter Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Syrian refugee Khaled Haj Khalaf kneads dough as he helps prepare lunch for his family at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Haj Khalaf and his wife, Fattoum Bakir, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and their now 19-month-old daughter Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Aya Haj Khalaf, 19, puts put food as her family prepares to each lunch together at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Aya Haj Khalaf, 19, puts put food as her family prepares to each lunch together at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Syrian refugee Fattoum Bakir stirs food as she prepares lunch for her family at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Bakir and her husband, Khaled Khalaf, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and their now 19-month-old daughter Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Syrian refugee Fattoum Bakir stirs food as she prepares lunch for her family at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Bakir and her husband, Khaled Khalaf, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and their now 19-month-old daughter Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Food is placed on a table cloth as the Haj Khalaf family prepares to each lunch together at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Food is placed on a table cloth as the Haj Khalaf family prepares to each lunch together at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Baraa Haj Khalaf, left, eats lunch with her father Khaled Khalaf and their family at home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Baraa Haj Khalaf, left, eats lunch with her father Khaled Khalaf and their family at home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

19-month-old Syrian refugee Sham Haj Khalad wears her grandfather's glasses at her home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Sham's grandfather Khaled Haj Khalaf and his wife, Fattoum Bakir, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

19-month-old Syrian refugee Sham Haj Khalad wears her grandfather's glasses at her home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Sham's grandfather Khaled Haj Khalaf and his wife, Fattoum Bakir, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in the same apartment building. (Erin Hooley/Chicago Tribune) 

Syrian refugee Khaled Haj Khalaf, the patriarch of the Haj Khalaf family, helped prepare lunch for his family at their home Friday, April 14, 2017, in Skokie, Ill. Fleeing the civil war in Syria, Haj Khalaf and his wife, Fattoum Bakir, came to Chicago in September 2016 with three of their children, but their oldest daughter Baraa Haj Khalaf and her family were denied entry in January of this year after President Donald Trump's immigration order banning all immigrants from Syria. Baraa, her husband Abdulmajeed and their now 19-month-old daughter Sham spent two years in a Turkish refugee camp for the proper paperwork, interviews and background checks required to come to America. They were all finally reunited in February and now live together in two different apartments in the same building. 

Read the story by Vikki Ortiz here: Syrian refugee family finding its way in Chicago: 'I'm trying to smile the way people smile here'