At the end of the book, Nadira runs away from her Aunt and Uncle's house. She is traveling to the shelter where her mother is staying. Before she left, she grabbed $3,000 from the mosque that Abba was saving. She took a few busses until she got to her destination.
In the text, Nadira says to Ma, "I had to run away if I was going to help you with the hearing. Uncle and Auntie would have never let me go. And you wouldn't have either." After, Nadira and Ma went and got something to eat, then they got on a bus to get to the hearing.
At the courtroom, Nadira states, "You've got the wrong person."... I push all the papers toward them and start pointing. "See that one is spelled with an e. And look at my father's papers, how he spells his name with an a." The judge starts to understand and agree to what Nadira says and he says, "I've suggested that immigration hear to your appeal for residency one more time." This filled everyone with euphoria and hope that they could stay in America if they appealed to immigration!
On the day of the appeal to immigration, everyone woke up early and put on their best clothes. Ma packed her big floppy bag with everything they could need that day: papers for the appeal, a scrap paper with an address of a cousin or friend, directions to Toronto, and folders for universities. Then off they went.
They all nervously fill into the courtroom. The judge takes one look at them. The text states, "You are aware, Mr. Hossain, that, no matter what the extenuating circumstances, you are in violation of your visa and have put your entire family in jeopardy?" Abba swallows and nods. "Well. This is an unusual case. I've decided that your residency status will be granted. And your application accepted and processed. Correctly this time." She pushes the folder away. "Next!" She calls.
In the text, it states, "When the gavel cracks, wood on wood, the air seems to explode with light. Abba turns around and I see he is crying silent tears. But he says nothing. .. He watches as Aisha grabs Ma's elbow. Ma links her arm into mine and leans her weight into me, just a little. Then Abba looks at us all. "Ready to go home ?" Together we shut our eyes, dip our heads, and start to leave the room. ... We push forward into, the unknown. Go."