A teenage girl claims her Iranian father has been blocked from visiting the U.S. for her 16th birthday – after 11 years apart.
Donald Trump has blocked people from seven Muslim majority nations – Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen – from entering the United States.
A Muslim 15-year-old girl was among those protesting at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), where she told Australias Nine News her father has been turned away.
Malikeh Sharifis father was planning to travel from Iran for Malikehs 16th birthday, the first time they would have seen each other in 11 years.
He was supposed to be here this summer. He had all his paperwork and the other day he got an email saying he couldnt come because he is Muslim, said Malikeh, who has lived in the U.S. for seven years.
In eighth grade, it was my graduation. I got six scholarships for having a 4.7 GPA. But my dad wasnt there.
Malikeh said speaking to her father through FaceTime or over the phone was not the same as seeing him.
I havent seen my dad in 11 years, and when I was about to see him – he cant come, she said.
Malikeh said she had cried herself to sleep for 11 years without her father, but said she would not be deterred from being herself.
I am American but I am not Donald Trumps version of American, nor will I ever be.
I will fight to the death for who I am. I would rather die a Muslim than live a person I am not.
Daily Mail Australia has reached out to Malikeh for comment.
Thousands of people have descended onto Battery Park in New York, Copley Square in Boston, and international airports across the U.S.
The President on Friday blocked people from Syria, Iraq, Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan and Yemen from entering the United States for at least 90 days.