Long Beach veteran may be kept from bringing fiancee to U.S. with new travel ban

Long Beach veteran may be kept from bringing fiancee to U.S. with new travel ban


A Long Beach man who served in the U.S. Navy may be kept from ever seeing his fiancee again because of President Donald Trump’s travel ban.

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Roxane Amiri is an immigration attorney, and since the Trump administration unveiled its newest travel ban, her office has been very busy.

One of the people calling her office is Mohammad Jahanfar.

The 39-year-old veteran was hoping to bring his fiancee To America from Iran in the next few months.

Despite months of paperwork and flights back and forth, it now seems all the work has been for nothing.

“It’s really hard because you’re trying to plan a life with someone, but it’s undecided. You don’t know what’s going to happen,” he said.

The president’s new ban lists eight countries, adding Chad, North Korea and Venezuela and removing Sudan. But countries whose citizens in the recent past have been involved in terrorist attacks on U.S. soil remain off the list.

“If you look into the history, there has never been an Iranian that has committed a single act of terrorism on United States soil in the past two or three decades,” Jahanfar added.

According to the White House, the countries on the new list have either not higher screening or information sharing requirements or present sufficient risk factors.

“If you have business with a country that is extremely beneficial to the United States, it seems that this government is closing their eyes,” Amiri said.

Mohammad and many others in his position can now only wait — not able to contest the ban until it goes into effect on Oct. 18.

The American Civil Liberties Union plans to also challenge the latest version of the travel ban.

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