‘It will tear our family apart’: Voices of the immigration ban

Updated 1924 GMT (0324 HKT) January 29, 2017

(CNN)From Boston to Baghdad, families are being ripped apart. Some people can’t go home to the US, others can’t return to their native countries to visit parents and children, and still others are stranded in airports and cities halfway across the world.

We asked people to call us and share how you’ve been affected by President Trump’s immigration order. You’ve left us lots of voicemails. Here are some of your stories.
Have you or your loved ones been impacted by the immigration ban? Please leave us a voicemail at 646-535-9720. We’re still listening.

“They do not get to visit me often … now because of this ban they will not get to come and visit me.”

ArminehFrom Iran, lives in Virginia
Armineh is a small business owner who’s lived in Virginia since 1999. Her family doesn’t get to visit her often, and this immigration ban is only going to make it harder.
Her parents, who are dual citizens of Sweden and Iran, were supposed to fly in to visit her next weekend. Now she doesn’t know when she’ll see them again.
“I haven’t seen my parents in two years,” she says. “And the only thing that’s holding them back is that they happen to be born in another country. I have a sister in London who probably will never be able to visit me, because she’s a dual citizen as well.”

“This is so, so painful. I am now in between either seeing my mom or staying with my daughter.”

AnonymousFrom Syria, lives in Ohio
She is Syrian and has been living in Ohio with her husband and daughter since 2009. She doesn’t want her name used because, given the climate, she worries about consequences.
Her mother in Syria has had multiple heart attacks and is not doing well. “I’m in constant worry about her situation,” she says, explaining that she planned to visit Syria if her mother had another heart attack.
But now, she feels like she must choose between visiting her mother and staying with her 6-year-old daughter.
She is a Syrian citizen and has a green card. But if she leaves the US to visit her mother, she will not be able to return. She doesn’t want to bring her young daughter to Syria, a country that’s still torn by violence and war.
“I’m hoping I will not reach the choice to choose between my daughter — leaving her here, obviously I’m not going to take my daughter, it’s not safe there — and seeing my mother and father,” she says.
“The idea that you aren’t able to see your parents or attend a funeral — for me, it’s heartbreaking.”

“I was working as a contractor for US army overseas. I served with the US army for 5 years. I came here to have my peace and live my free life.”

MohammadFrom Iraq, lives in Texas
Mohammad was a contractor with the US army in Iraq. He says he left Baghdad for Texas in 2012 to live in peace, to live in freedom.
He’s married, lives in Austin and works as a security officer and a AAA service officer.
But his wife is in Iraq right now, taking care of his parents. His mom has stage 4 breast cancer and his dad has stage 4 colon cancer.
His wife has an Iraqi passport and a green card. Her flights were booked, and she was supposed to come home on February 15. But now she can’t come back.
“I’m just shocked now. What do I do now? Everything is not clear,” he says.

“It will tear our family apart”

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