President Trump’s new travel ban may be on hold, but it’s also putting travel plans on hold during what is usually a festive time especially for people from one of the countries targeted.
These are busy days for Golnazar Gourmet Ice Cream. The San Ramon company is filling orders for their exotic flavors including saffron/pistachio — desserts that will sweeten the 14 day celebration of Norooz, –the Persian New Year.
This time it’s especially meaningful for Mitra Golnazar. The company is celebrating 70 years and big anniversary festivities had been planned to honor her late father, the founder of the business.
“Unfortunately he is no longer with us, but we promised that with or without him, we would have a family reunion,” said Itra Golnazar, Golnazar Gourmet Ice Cream.
But President Trump’s travel ban has changed all that; Iran is one of six nations targeted and now an older sister and brother are stuck in Tehran.
“For us it’s a very emotional thing,” said Itra Golnazar.
They aren’t alone. And it’s not just Norooz according to a lawyer with four Iranian American groups fighting the travel ban.
“Weddings being disrupted, I heard of a father unable to get into the United States for his son’s funeral. How devastating is that?” said Nahal Iravani-Sani, Pars Equality Center.
The organizations have filed suit over what they call ‘travel ban 2.0.’
“Simply put its discriminatory both on statutory grounds and constitutional grounds,” said Nahal Iravani-Sani.
In the meantime, the Golnazars will still celebrate the new year, but it won’t be as sweet as their ice cream.