Had There Been a Muslim Ban

What ifs from days gone by

Had there been a Muslim ban in the 1960s, my uncle would not have been able to come from Iran to US on a student visa, and be a revered small town doctor in Kentucky.

He would never have met his Scottish wife, or had three children. His very American children and grandchildren would not be here.

Had there been a Muslim ban in the 1960s, another uncle would not have been able to come from Iran to the US on a student visa. He would never have met his Native American wife, or had four children.

One of these children went on to have a distinguished career in the military and the foreign service, doing all for the sake of his country — which would today deny entry to his father.

Had there been a Muslim ban in the 1970s, my aunts would not have been able to come here from Iran with student visas. They would not have had distinguished careers as engineers, nor opened a thriving business that employs dozens.

Had there been a Muslim ban in the 1980s, my dad would not have been able to come here on a work visa. My parents would not have gone from having nothing to owning a home, having careers, or putting two daughters through prestigious colleges.

These are just a few stories. Multiply this by hundreds of thousands. Had there been a Muslim ban at any point in US history, America would be a sadder, less thriving, less humane place. Pretty much what it is right now.

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