Iran’s foreign minister said President Donald Trump’s revised travel ban is “shameful” and targets particularly “Iranian grandmothers.”
Under the executive order, which took into effect Thursday night, nationals from Iran, Syria, Yemen, Libya, Somalia and Sudan will now have a tougher time getting a visa to enter the United States.
Visa applicants from these six Muslim-majority countries need to present a credible “bona fide relationship” with somebody or with an entity in the U.S.
In his Twitter post Friday, Iranian Foreign Minister Javad Zarif said, “U.S. now bans Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren, in a truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians.”
Ordinary Iranians expressed their disapproval to the revised travel ban by sharing photos of their grandparents on social media using #GrandparentsNotTerrorists.
After months of legal battles, the U.S. Supreme Court on Monday stayed lower court rulings that prevented the Trump administration from enforcing the measure.