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Sameen A.


26, Immigration Lawyer
Washington, DC

My parents met when they were 15 years old in Iran. They moved to France to attend college. By happenstance, they ended up studying at the same dental school in Lyon, France. A few years later they moved to Chicago to reunite with my mother's family. They married and had my two brothers and me.

Why did your family come to the United States? My family came to the United States to reunite with my mother's family.

What would the U.S. be missing out on if you or your people were banned? Someone who shares her mother's love for large dinner parties, loud families, dance parties, and a touch of her father's mischief.