Law student at Erasmus University Rotterdam Sara Mir (22) is very disappointed by Trumps decision to ban people from several countries. So much for her trip to New York with fellow students, because she has an Iranian passport. 'It’s reprehensible. I hope people at least read and think about this when they go to the polls in March.'
Sara Mir was born and raised in Den Bosch. She has a Dutch mother and an Iranian father, who’s been living in the Netherlands for 31 years. To visit her family in Iran she has retained her Iranian passport. And what makes the situation even more bitter: when she was studying in Tilburg, she helped foreign students arranging their visas.
Tuesday she’s heading to the consulate in Amsterdam to find out the real reason she’s not allowed in America. 'I haven’t received an official explanation yet, only a link to the embassy’s website,' says Sara. 'It would be fair if America would look at individual cases. This is pure racism. And it hurts.'
Through all the commotion she wonders whether she even wants to enter the country. Despite everything she remains positive, mainly by supportive messages from her surroundings and social media.