Washington Post Opinion — Washington Lt. Gov.: Trump’s order would have blocked my parents from moving here

Washington Post Opinion, Tuesday, Feb. 7 2017

Washington Lt. Gov.: Trump’s order would have blocked my parents from moving here

President Trump’s recent executive order denying entry to refugees as well as immigrants and visitors from seven majority-Muslim countries has disrupted the lives of thousands of people here and abroad. I can relate to what those families are going through. Two decades ago, my family would have been one of them.

My father came to the United States from Iran on a student visa in 1970 to attend the University of Washington. He obtained bachelor’s and master’s degrees there, became a civil engineer and worked for Boeing until cancer claimed his life last year. He was a green-card holder until he became a citizen in the mid-’90s. My mother, also from Iran, came to the United States in 1980 on a visa, earning her law degree and becoming a citizen later that decade. Like millions of other Middle Easterners, they were drawn here by our country’s promise of equal opportunity for those who work hard and play by the rules.

Neither of my parents would have been able to immigrate to the United States under Trump’s executive order. Nor would my Iranian grandmother have been able to visit us here in 1987, when I was receiving treatment for the cancer that would soon after take my eyesight.

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