Executive Order Touches the Michigan Tech Family
President Donald Trump's executive order sharply curtailing immigration and the entrance of refugees into America has prompted reaction throughout the world.
Of the thousands of stories in the wake of Trump's order, one has hit particularly close to home for the Michigan Tech community.
Shadi Darani is a doctoral candidate in Tech's department of mechanical engineering-engineering mechanics. She and her older sister Farzaneh, a graduate student in chemistry at the University of Deleware, are from Iran.
According to a story in the New York Times, by writer Stephanie Saul, the sisters were anticipating a visit by their mother Saturday, when their world was turned upside down by the executive order.
According to the New York Times story, "After more than two years without seeing their mother, Shadi Darani, 26 and her sister, Farzaneh Darani, 28, had been looking forward to her arrival in the United States on Saturday morning. But when Farzaneh ... went to pick up her mother at the Philadelphia airport on Saturday morning, her mother did not emerge.
The sisters learned that she had been detained and almost immediately put back on a flight bound for Iran — but they did not know what flight. And their mother, 56, had somehow lost the use of her cellphone.
'My mom was on the flight for almost one day, and we didn’t know where she was, and finally this morning, an hour ago, she called my dad,' Shadi Darani said Sunday morning.
'She said that her passport was detained and a security guard was following her from airport to airport and flight to flight.'
Ms. Darani, 26, a doctoral candidate in mechanical engineering at Michigan Technological University, said the experience had left her family frightened.
'We all came here to work and study,' she said. 'We all love the people around us, and we want to be loved. But now it seems that we are not welcome here and they are treating us like terrorists. It’s really making us sad and hopeless. We don’t know what to do. No degree or nothing here would matter more than my dad or my mom.'
Ms. Darani asked that her mother’s name not be published because the family hopes for a return visit and worries that publicity will damage her chances for a tourist visa to the United States. The process took five months last time.
'She’s a retired teacher, and she has never done anything to this country or anybody else,' Shadi Darani said."