In seven days, the Supreme Court will hear a challenge to Trump's Muslim ban. Seyed is one of the millions of people whose lives have been upended since the ban went into effect.
Here is his story:
“The day after, when President Trump's travel ban came into effect, they denied her the visa. It was probably the most heart wrenching feeling we have both ever encountered. She returned to Iran without a Visa, as both of us and both our families in utter shock.
I had dreams of starting my business career in the U.S., doing my MBA at Stanford, and continuing on to Venture Capital and later starting my own business. I hoped that Arefeh and I would live the American dream. Now, I am already in talks to move entirely overseas. I am already starting to make the arrangements. I cannot afford to live a life where the president of my country makes decisions that greatly harm me and Arefeh's lives; and discriminate against us solely on the basis of our nationalities.
After the interview, Arefeh and I talked a lot over the phone. She asked me while in tears, "they think I'm a threat?"
On the day I became a naturalized citizen, I was proud to have become American. I held up the American flag and waved with pride. I set up great goals and decided that I would be a valuable asset for my nation. Now that our nation seems to discriminate Arefeh and I based on our nation of origin, I no longer feel that I belong in the US. I don't feel welcome, and I believe I can no longer call this land my home.”