A new trend on Twitter has users uploading images of their grandparents in protest against the new rules for visa applicants that began Thursday. Insisting that grandparents aren’t terrorists, they disagree with the limitation that only applicants with “bona fide” relationships are eligible to apply, and grandparents aren’t included.
Travelers who want to come to America from Syria, Sudan, Somalia, Libya, Iran and Yemen need to prove they have an existing relationship with a parent, spouse, child, adult son or daughter, son-in-law, daughter-in-law, sibling or a fiancé. With grandparents excluded, people began complaining and insisting that grandma and grandpa are also vital family members.
A Twitter “moment” includes pictures of grandparents, some with their grandchildren posing with them, many using the hashtag “GrandparentsNotTerrorists.”
Here is a sampling:
— Paria (@CaliParia) June 29, 2017
— Holly Dagres (@hdagres) June 30, 2017
— Yasmin Radjy (@yasminradjy) June 29, 2017
— Maryam Ghaffari (@Mariam_Ghaffari) June 30, 2017
— Elham Khatami (@ekhatami) June 29, 2017
There are also those that support the restrictions, and as one user pointed out: “Osama Bin Ladin was a grandfather, so yes terrorists CAN be grandparents.”
Osama Bin Ladin was a grandfather, so yes terrorists CAN be grandparents. pic.twitter.com/qzf0o6xsXQ
— AC Riddick (@RiddickAc) June 30, 2017
While that statement holds true, it is also true that other people on the “bona-fide” list are capable of being terrorists as well, and critics contend that if the standard is having a close familial bond, grandparents are important to the family structure. However, the Trump administration spent days deciding how to interpret the Supreme Court exemption, which was somewhat vague.
They ultimately concluded that “close family” does not include grandparents, and also excludes grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-law and sisters-in-law, and other “extended” family members.
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