The Democrats’ travel ban no one likes to talk about
Shahram Hadian still remembers what it felt like to be 9 years old, living in an apartment in Atlanta and waiting for his mother to return from Iran.
The weeks turned into months, the months into years. He thought he might never see her again.
“It’s a part of my story I don’t share a lot,” says Hadian, whose family fled Iran in December 1978 to escape the Ayatollah Khomeini’s uprising against the Shah of Iran.
His father was a military man who saw the writing on the wall, as Khomeini was manipulating and agitating against the U.S.-backed Shah, gaining popularity among college students and rural Iranians who saw the country as becoming too secular and too Western.
By the spring of 1979, the students seized the U.S. Embassy in Tehran.
U.S. President Jimmy Carter acted swiftly and without warning to cut off travel into the U.S. from the Ayatollah’s new Islamic state. Iranian travelers were simply told at airports and at embassies that their visas were revoked. Deal with it.
“People don’t know how Carter’s executive order back then affected my family and others,” said Hadian, who converted to Christianity, served in law enforcement and later became pastor of a church near Spokane. He ran unsuccessfully for governor of Washington state in 2012.
President Trump’s executive order bars citizens of Iran and six other countries – Iraq, Syria, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – from entering the U.S. for the next 90 days. The decision sparked immediate protests at airports across the U.S. by well-funded groups on the political left.
That caused Hadian to revisit his own experience under President Carter, who received zero pushback at the time from the media, the political elites in Washington or the liberal left in Hollywood.
“We came to the states on a visa because we had to leave Iran so quickly. My dad had been in the military under the Shah and sensed things were shifting. My mom was a schoolteacher in Iran,” he recounted.
But his mother lacked only about nine months for her retirement pension, so she returned to Iran in summer of 1979 to finish up her work. While she was there, the revolution kicked into high gear, the U.S. embassy was seized that summer and U.S. hostages were taken.
Hadian’s mother was able to escape Iran by getting a tourist visa to visit a friend in Spain, figuring she would hop a plane for the U.S. and reunite with her husband and children in Atlanta.
But when she got to the U.S. embassy in Spain to get her passport stamped, she received the shock of her life.
“She’s is notified her visa has been revoked,” Hadian said. “We’re in Atlanta and we find out it’s been revoked. Now my dad is scrambling saying what do we do?”
He said there was no news coverage like today. “It took a lot of digging to figure out what was going on with,” he said. “It was not in the news at all.”
After a few weeks his mother left Spain for Germany, hoping the U.S. embassy there might be more accommodating. No luck.
(“Taqiyya” the Islamic belief that lying is OK to promote and further islam. Deception is not only permitted in certain situations but deemed obligatory in others. Taqiyya is of fundamental importance in Islam. Practically every Islamic sect agrees to it and practices it. ~ RADICAL Rational Americans Defending Individual Choice And Liberty)