June 29, 2017

LA Times: As Travel Ban Goes Into Effect, Debate Ensues Over Who Counts as ‘Close’ Family, and Hawaii Files a Court Challenge

Immigrant groups have continued to register their opposition to the ban. The National Iranian American Council said its implementation represented a “new low” by “targeting grandparents of American children.” “The Iranian community, many of us are first or second generation,” said Jamal Abdi, the group’s policy director. “A lot of our families are still in Iran. A lot of our aunts and uncles are still in Iran…. Many of us can’t go to Iran — now, we see both governments punishing the people who are stuck in the middle and that means families are now being torn apart.”

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