A wonderful and kind new friend of mine, who is a dual British/Iranian citizen, had decided to fly to the U.S.A. from London so she could be with her S.O. The trip was supposed to be a month away, but they had decided that under the circumstances they wanted to act quickly.
She was so worried going through U.S.A immigration that the border guard held her hand and said not to worry so she could stop shaking enough for her fingerprint to be taken.
Her kind and generous boyfriend remained restless all day while the extremely kind immigration lawyer I had introduced to him in the morning gave fantastic advice at each stage of the trip. The advice mainly consisted of basic principles and specific people who could help and their details. I’ll post the general advice shortly.
Fortunately, and unlike several others, she was allowed entry without abnormal hinderance.
Meanwhile, several other friends disrupted their Sundays to be journalists and protestors at airports around the country.
This also comes a week after my colleague decided to postpone his trip back to India indefinitely until he could even guess what would happen if he left and wanted to come back a few weeks later.
The precedent that this weekend has set is appaling to all those who live and travel in the free world. The rules changing suddenly has a pernicious chilling effect on our ideas about where and how we live.
Much love to you all and also much luck. I’m available to help.