Newlyweds torn apart by Trump’s travel ban


(CNN) – Solmaz Behzadpour, an Iranian citizen and her husband Sohail Sobhani, an American of Iranian descent, met in Tehran and got married last January.

They were in the final stages of getting her U.S. visa approved in Abu Dhabi when Trump signed the executive order that banned citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries from entering the U.S.

Solmaz didn’t hear about the ban until the very moment she landed in the U.A.E. Sohail, her husband, said he got an email from the embassy informing him that her interview had been canceled “due to unforeseen circumstances.”

“I have never felt like this,” she said. “I have a hole in my heart.”

The couple were introduced through a mutual friend in Iran a year-and-a-half ago.

“We went to a coffee place and sat down and started talking,” Sohial said. “I met Solmaz. I haven’t felt these feelings in a very long time. I said, ‘I’m gonna get that girl. This is it!’ So then I got her number, started texting, started talking and she was actually going to London to see her sister. We spent eight days in London. What a great place to fall in love.”

Sohail has been pushed to a number of websites that gave him absolutely no information on what happens next. He is stuck in limbo.

“That’s what we’re trying to figure out,” said Sohail, who is an American citizen. “We’re trying to let some time go by so it can become a little more clear. I did respond to the email I received about the cancelation – anything I can do to help, any guidance.”

He said he is scheduled to go back to the U.S. in a few days, but may stay longer.

“My company has been extremely supportive of whatever I need,” he said. “For Solmaz, we’re trying to figure out what the best thing to do is. I don’t see how she can go back to Iran with her five suitcases.”

For now, the young couple hoping to start a life together can only put their hopes and dreams on hold – and wait.

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