A travel ban separating grandparents from their grandchildren is inhumane and unconscionable. Keeping America safe shouldn’t rip families apart or penalize refugees from extreme Islamism.
Calling the revised travel ban interpretation of bona fide relationships arbitrary, inhumane and unlawful, Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer today issued a letter to the U.S. State Department seeking a revision to the criteria being used to determine entry into the United States. Currently grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law, sisters-in-law and other extended family members are not considered to be close relationships, according to the new guidelines.
“I urge the State Department immediately to redefine bona fide relationships pursuant to the Supreme Court’s ruling,” said Feuer, who expressed particular concern over the impact of the Department’s action on Los Angeles’s significant Iranian-American community. “The State Department already has reversed course on allowing fiances entry, but the Department should go further. It’s stunning that the Department deems grandparents, grandkids and other close relatives as having merely ‘extended’ relationships with their families.”
Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer – who has been at LAX on the day the new version of President Trump’s travel ban treated into effect – in a letter addressed to the U.S. State Department and the Secretary of State, Rex W. Tillerson requests that the new version of travel ban be revised to reflect American values.
In the letter, L.A. City Attorney points to the fact that a large segment of Los Angeles population originates from the six predominantly Muslim countries singled out by the travel ban. He goes on explaining that L.A. is also the home to the largest – outside of Iran – Iranian population which formed following the Islamic revolution of 1979. The foundation of the Iranian immigrant population in Los Angeles are refugees from extreme Islamism.
In many cultures – Islamic and our own! – grandparents are considered an immediate, NOT extended family. Grandparents are widely considered the heads of households and often serve as substitute parents for their grandchildren. A law separating grandparents from their grandchildren and vice versa is inhumane and unconscionable. Keeping America safe shouldn’t come at a price of ripping families apart.
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine whole-heartedly supports the request of Los Angeles City Attorney Mike Feuer. Presidents come and go. Respect of human rights is the bedrock of American values and was always a constant. Let America stay true to its founding principles!
Anything L.A. Liberal Magazine’s Editor, E. Elrich