North Syracuse woman's Iranian mother detained while traveling to CNY to see grandchild

Describes experience as a "nightmare"

NORTH SYRACUSE (WSYR-TV) - Azi Torkamani's mother planned to travel from Iran to North Syracuse, where her daughter is expected to have her first child in ten days. 

But just as Torkamani's mother started to get settled on the plane, guards pulled her off.

It was less than an hour after President Donald Trump issued an executive order banning citizens from seven muslim-majority nations from traveling to the United States. 

"What ever happened to her has been a nightmare," Torkamani said. "She still can't talk. She was crying this morning."

Torkamani's mother described the experience as "the worst day of [her] life". 

"When an Iranian citizen says it's the worst day of [her] life, you can imagine what it means," Torkamani added. 

Torkamani and her husband, Shahab, each work nearly 80 hours a week.

Azi, a resident physician at St. Joseph's Hospital, will now have to balance that schedule and raise her son without her mom's help. 

"I never expected the things I am seeing from this country," Torkamani said. "Finally you see these crazy things happening to you and your family, and you start to think 'Is there anything different between Iran and the United States?" 


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