Pamela Raghebi holds a photo of her husband on Monday at her home in Seattle’s Northgate neighborhood. They have been separated by the travel ban since March. Afshin Raghebi, who is Iranian and currently in Turkey, is trying to get a visa to return to the United States. (Ken Lambert/The Seattle Times)
“I don’t want to go live in another country, but if that’s what it takes to be together, that’s what I’ll probably end up doing,” said a Seattle woman separated from her husband by the travel ban. Many local Somali immigrants are also waiting for family to get waivers.
Pamela Raghebi said she feels like the government has divorced her.
The 73-year-old retiree, a native Washingtonian, lives in a Northgate condominium. Her husband, Afshin Raghebi, who is from Iran, is stuck in Turkey, waiting for a visa to rejoin her.
Nina Shapiro of the Seattle Times newspaper reports that Tuesday’s Supreme Court ruling upholding President Donald Trump’s travel ban on citizens of seven countries, including Iran, offers little hope of that happening any time soon.
“I’m gobsmacked,” said Pamela Raghebi, minutes after receiving texts about the ruling from family members.
“I don’t want to go live in another country, but if that’s what it takes to be together, that’s what I’ll probably end up doing.”