U.S. President Donald Trump’s executive order banning the entry of travelers and workers from seven Muslim-majority countries to the United States is affecting tens of thousands of citizens and residents of Germany.
Omid Nouripour is one of them. A Green Party lawmaker, Mr. Nouripour is the party’s speaker on foreign policy in the German parliament, the Bundestag. He is also vice chairman of the German-American parliamentary friendship group and of several other organizations that work to strengthen ties between the United States and Germany.
Despite these credentials, Mr. Nouripour is one of the estimated 100,000 German nationals with dual citizenship who are now denied entry to the U.S. That’s because he was born in Tehran in 1975, immigrated to Germany age 13 and acquired German citizenship only 15 years ago.
According Mr. Nouripour, Iran does not allow people to give up their citizenship.
“This has nothing to do with security, this is dirty symbolism and it’s poisoning our societies,” the politician, who has visited more than 40 U.S. states, told the news agency Reuters. He called the entry ban “ridiculous.”