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The President's Travel Ban Affects Dogs, Too

The President's 'Muslim Ban' has been a widely controversial subject since he came into office.

Everyone has heard the stories of legal residents being deported or turned away, but a smaller (yet equally important) aspect of this ban hasn't been making headlines. A lot of the people who have been restricted from entering the country have pets.

Nazanin Zinouri, is an engineer in the United States under a foreign worker visa. She has lived in South Carolina for 7 years, and works is a Clemson University doctoral graduate. Zinouri was born in Iran and recently flew home to visit her family. While she was there, the United States government implement a travel ban that refused entry to people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran.

Zinouri was, of course, devastated she could not return. But what really struck her the most was that her dog, Dexter, would now be left alone.

"Dexter is being taking care of by my amazing friends/neighbors," she wrote on Facebook. "I want to get updates and pictures of him everyday but it is just heartbreaking to see them and not know if I will ever be able to get back to him."

Zinouri and Dexter were given a small feeling of relief when a federal judge ordered a temporary halt to the executive order, meaning people who had legitimate visas and green cards could re-enter the country.

Dexter was waiting at the airport for Zinouri when she got off the plane, as was a huddle of new reporters. Her case had become a topic of discussion among news networks because of the questionable legality of it all.

When Dexter and Zinouri were reunited, there wasn't a dry eye in the house.

This travel ban implemented by the government affects more than just people. It's important to remember that there are families and animals waiting for legal residents to return home.

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