Meet the People Posting Photos of ‘Banned Grandmas’ to Protest the Travel Ban

Elham Khatami, a 30-year-old Washington D.C. outreach director for the National Iranian American Council says she also used the hashtag to put the focus on loved ones. Her Iran-based uncle and his family tried to make it her May wedding ceremony this year, but the ban stalled the process for so long that by the time they got their visas, it was too late. “I feel tired of being cast aside and of being forced to prove my humanity at every turn,” she said, adding she hasn’t seen her family in a decade. “We don’t recognize this country anymore, and it’s a terrifying feeling.”

 

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