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Alex Shams is an Iranian-American doctoral student in anthropology at the University of Chicago and a journalist previously based in the Middle East. He is also an editor in chief of Ajam Media Collective, a cultural and social platform focused on Iran and Central Asia. The opinions expressed are his own.
(CNN)I am a child of a Muslim refugee. My father found safety and shelter in the United States after fleeing violence in his homeland, Iran. Yet under President Donald Trump's ban, he likely would have been denied entry, no questions asked.