Photo: Nael Hafeez

Tarsa H.

Iran-USA

53, Dentist
Orange County, CA

I went to France to study but my family could not stay there because they did not have work permits so they went to the United States for a better life. After finishing college the only thing that mattered to me was being with them. I came here and my boyfriend followed me. We married in Orange County, CA and have three wonderful children.

Why did your family come to the United States? I came to the US to join my family who came here after the Revolution. I believe in families being together and living close to one another.

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? A great cook who loves to feed everyone. Three beautiful, responsible, kind and hard working young people who contribute to this country.