Hesam Moazzami waited anxiously on Sunday (February 5) for his Iranian citizen parents to arrive at Los Angeles International Airport from Tehran via Frankfurt, a week after they were sent home after trying to enter the U.S. via Abu Dhabi with immigrant visas.
"When you feel that the highest power of the country, which is the president is discriminating you because country of origin or region, you feel really bad," said Moazzami, who lives in Beverly Hills and is a U.S. citizen.
Moazzami called his parents Friday (February 3) night once learning that a federal judge had put a hold on the travel ban. Within hours, his parents were at the Tehran airport buying tickets from Lufthansa to take them to Los Angeles via Frankfurt.
Moazzami and his sister ran to greet their parents with teary hugs at the airport arrivals hall.
The family was one of many who endured more than a week of uncertainty after President Donald Trump signed a 90-day ban on citizens of Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen from entering the United States on national security grounds.
Iranian citizen Sara Yarjani was greeted at LAX arrivals hall by her sister, a week after Yarjani's student visa was revoked when she tried to enter the United States.
"I feel very grateful to be here and be able to go back to school, and I'm very grateful for everybody who supported this past week, thank you," Yarjani said.