Dangerous grandparents? Maybe if you dare say, “no, grandma, I’m really not hungry,” or you haven’t called in a while.
Donald Trump’s revised travel ban was implemented on June 29, affecting members of six Muslim-majority countries. Citizens of these countries- Sudan, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen- will not be allowed to enter the country without a “close relationship” to someone in the U.S.
What’s a close relationship? Well, it includes “parents (including parents-in-law), spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling, whether whole or half. This includes step relationships.”
What it doesn’t include is grandparents.
Very quickly: imagine telling your grandmother that your relationship is, legally, not “close.”
Now you have some inkling of how people like Iranian-American analyst Holly Dagres feel. After hearing of the ban, Dagres tweeted a photo of herself and her late grandmother with the caption #GrandparentsNotTerrorists.
Soon after, the instagram @BannedGrandmas was created by Dagres and a friend. Its purpose is to show various family members who, as a result of the ban, will not be able to visit their American grandchildren. Since its inception on June 30, the account has gained almost 1500 followers.
The instagram showcases not only the bond between family members, but highlights the absurdity of the ban and its arbitrary limits. “This is exactly why grandparents became the perfect face of the hashtag and account. Everyone loves their grandparents and what they represent: traditions and history. I don’t think anyone has ever heard of a 95-year-old Farhad or 82-year-old Maryam committing an act of terrorism.” Dagres said.