The Son of Two Iranian Immigrants

 

This is Naveed. He is the love of my life and the proud son of two Iranian immigrants.

His parents both got off planes at JFK and later met and married in New York. Their story is not mine to tell but by any definition, they achieved the American dream in less than a generation. They are some of the people I respect and love most in this world.

Under Trump’s Executive Order, they would not have been allowed to come here from Iran. We have family currently affected by this unconstitutional and disgraceful decision.

What feels most wrong is this – It feels like Trump is saying that Naveed’s family, my family, are unworthy or suspicious. That we should be hesitant to trust them. That they’re the wrong kind of immigrants. People I know to be every bit as American as I am and who make this country better for being here.

When I look at my husband I see a strong, open-minded, brilliant, compassionate, kind, and thoughtful human being who I am proud every day to be married to. I see the very best of America. He is a reflection of his parents and their values.

With the Executive Order as it stands, we are not only turning our backs on immigrants and refugees currently in need, we are giving up future generations of Americans. We are giving up the future Naveeds. And this country is so much better for having him and other children of immigrants.

He is an American because his parents were issued visas and given the opportunity to come here. That is the America that I know and love. The Muslim ban is a betrayal of our values. I will not stand by and say nothing. So as we continue in to the most volatile and divided political climate in modern American history, please do not forget that those affected by this policy are human beings.

Happy 1st Anniversary, Nav. You are the pie and marrying you was the best decision I’ve ever made.

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  • This is so important! Thank you so much for sharing!! As a daughter of two immigrants from Iraq, nothing warms my heart more than messages like these.. Love you loads!

  • My heart is broken at the current political climate and I am not directly affected by it. I can’t imagine what it must be like for those who are. My thoughts are with you and your family <3 xx

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  • Well said! Many people forget that most of us are offsprings of immigrants. Prayers for your family!

  • YES YES YES. thank you for this post!!! I am wrapping my arms around both of you (and your in-laws) as you face today and the following days under this new regime. I stand with you and your family.

  • With you 200%. They keep telling us that this ban is to keep us safe, to keep the bad ones out… and yet, the ones I’m seeing most heavily affected are the weakest, those most in need of help, and a flood of friends who are being told that they and their families are “less than.” Absolutely outraged.

  • Standing with you and keeping your family in my thoughts. This is such an outrage.

  • I am so sick at our country right now. It all breaks my heart.

  • Thank you for sharing this, Nadine. This ban is a disgrace to the values of our country and basic human decency. Sending you, Naveed, and your family so much love.

  • Standing with you, Naveed, and your family. This ban is un American on so many levels. I don’t care how they try to justify the reasoning for it. It’s just wrong. Sending massive waves of positive energy your way, Nadine.

  • I have no words and can hardly believe this is happening. I’ve also started donating to the ACLU.

  • What do I even say? I’m distraught, I’m scared, I’m angry. I can’t even begin to imagine the pain that you, Naveed’s family, and the countless other families impacted by this (excuse me) BULLSHIT must be feeling. This isn’t my America, and quite frankly, I’ve never been more embarrassed and ashamed to be an American than I am now.

    Much love to you and Naveed and your families.

  • Lauren Harrelson

    Can’t even believe this is happening. Thinking of you both, his family, and all those innocents affected by this hatred.

  • Yes he painting all with the same brush, when in fact he needs a small brush to paint the small numbers of people from these countries that are a threat, you can’t just assume all born in such countries are crazy people wanting to do harm when in truth most are good, honest, hard working people just trying to get by day in and day out wanting what everyone wants to feel safe, to feel loved, and to go about their lives

  • 100% with you. My parents immigrated here a few years before I was born. They also quickly achieved the American dream and took advantages of the opportunities available here that did not exist in Ireland at the time. They always made it clear that I would have had a very different childhood had they not found opportunity in the United States. There is NO difference between my family and the families being turned away this week, apart from their nationality. We all need to call this what it is: overt racism. Completely unacceptable. My family and I are also contributing to the ACLU. I sincerely hope that your affected family members are ok and that they are somehow able to feel that we are pulling for them and working to fight this.

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  • This is really beautiful (and at the same time made me sad for obvious reasons). Thank you for sharing it and allowing people to see the actual, specific people affected by this travel ban — people who don’t deserve to be vilified and treated this way. xo

  • And now I’m crying. I’m a Pakistani born, Muslim American and this post hits so close to home for me. Your husband and his family sound like incredible people! I love that you get to call them family <3 xo

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  • I stand with you both and Happy First Anniversary!

    xx Kelly
    Sparkles and Shoes

  • Kay

    as an american expat i’m really saddened by the perspective shift towards america since, well, since the election of trump, but especially since this ban. first and foremost i am empathetic towards those stranded, so when i say “sadness” it’s relative. but the fact that i can’t really defend my country with pride because of what foreigners are saying these days, that’s a bit sad too. from my perspective from across the ocean and the sentiment I’m hearing, the ban did not increase the security of america even one tiny little bit.

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