Iran foreign minister: ‘shameful’ travel ban targets ‘Iranian grandmothers’ July 1, 2017 admin Iranian officials and Iranian Americans criticize ‘discriminatory’ measure that will keep families apart and delay resettlement of already vetted refugees to US A man caries a welcome sign to refugees near arriving international travelers on the first day of the partial reinstatement of the Trump travel ban. Photograph: David McNew/Getty ImageFriday 30 June 2017 16.19 BSTLast modified on Friday 30 June 2017 16.25 BSTThe modified version of Donald Trump’s travel ban, which went into effect Thursday night, is a “shameful” act targeting “Iranian grandmothers”, Iran’s foreign minister has said.Travel ban goes into effect despite courts saying security issues unfoundedNationals from Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen have been banned from obtaining a visa to enter the US if they fail to show a credible “bona fide relationship” with a person or entity in the US.Mohammad Javad Zarif, a close ally of Iran’s moderate president, Hassan Rouhani, said on Twitter: “US now bans Iranian grandmothers from seeing their grandchildren, in a truly shameful exhibition of blind hostility to all Iranians.”Iranians protested by sharing photos of their grandparents online using #GrandparentsNotTerrorists. “This is my lovely grandma. @realDonaldTrump does she look like a terrorist to you? #GrandparentsNotTerrorists,” tweeted Elham Khatami, who works for the National Iranian American Council (NIAC). NIAC’s legal counsel, Shayan Modarres, said in a statement: “Trump’s pathological pursuit of the Muslim Ban has reached a new low by targeting grandparents of American children.” “There are one million Iranian Americans in the United States and many cannot return home to visit loved ones,” he said. “President Trump’s directive might as well pull children out of the arms of their grandparents who will no longer be able to visit for the sole reason that they are Iranian. The president is supposed to protect American families, not rip them apart. ”He said the “discriminatory” and “inhumane” policy “does nothing to add to America’s security”, and “only creates divisions by turning some Americans into second-class citizens simply because of their ancestry”.