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Trump's Seven-Country Entry Suspension Is Not "A Muslim Ban Wrapped In A Paper-Thin National Security Rationale"
The ACLU Executive Director, Anthony D. Romero, claims that President Donald Trump’s Executive Order suspending the admission
While many across the world are busy planning summer vacations to visit family and loved ones, thousands of people's ability to do so has been restrained and unfairly burdened at the hands of Congress. Why? The sole explanation is because of their ancestral heritage and/or national origin.
Visiting your family in Iran does not connote an "allegiance" to the Iranian government. Being born to an Iranian parent does not make you less of an American.
But dual nationals of these three countries maintain their travel eligibility.
Not only is this law discriminatory and unreasonable as a method of safeguarding national security, but the inclusion of Iran on the list of prohibited ethnicities to have and countries to have visited begs the question, why was it included?
A law meant to keep terrorists out of the U.S. is affecting journalists, scholars and people trying to visit their families.
. The Visa Waiver Program Improvement and Terrorist Travel Prevention Act of 2015 (henceforth referred to as H.R. 158) effectively renders dual citizens and those who have traveled to Iran, Iraq, Sudan, and Syria second-class citizens by creating a two-tiered system of citizenship.
The bipartisan support of H.R. 158 is demonstrative of the deeper problem of "Iranophobia," which necessitates a response if one is to prevent future discriminatory policies.
I could discuss the many wrongs of this bill from the perspective of someone who is an American born citizen. Yet, I have realized that our nationality of birth is not as relevant as we may have perceived it to be, because the prejudice that pervades our humanity speaks volumes.
Our HuffPost Community discusses what's wrong with the U.S.'s new visa waiver program.
Congress passed a measure that will prevent visa-free travel to the United States for people who have visited Iran or hold Iranian nationality.
The ACLU calls H.R.158, passed last Tuesday by overwhelming support (419 yes), as a measure calling for "blanket arbitrary discrimination based on nationality and national origin."
The proposed program reforms will curtail tourism, business and scholar-related travel (and hurt US economic interests as well), but will do almost nothing to address the real weaknesses of the surveillance-watchlisting process used to cross-check visa and visa waiver applicants.
Because my Iranian-born parents automatically passed down their nationality on to me through jus sanguinis laws and I am an Iranian-American dual national, now I'm uncertain if freely traveling to see my family will be a possibility due to the recent passage of a discriminatory House bill