I’m just going to let you go read this at the LA Times. Frankly, it makes no sense. This American woman, a reporter, falls for an Iraqi man while on assignment in Iraq. They ultimately marry. He then applies for refugee status (I think through the Special Immigrant Visa Program) because he worked for Americans. But, he also applied for his younger brother to come with him. Younger brother gets accepted but husband is still waiting to hear. New wife is hosting sullen younger brother who doesn’t want to eat her cupcakes and cookies.
Either Iraqi refugee processing is very screwed-up or the husband has run into Homeland Security screening problems—not good whichever it is!