In case you needed a reason to cry today, we gotchu girl... Donald Trump's controversial ban on travelers from seven Muslim-majority countries has so far resulted in countless heartbroken families, innumerable immigrants and green-card holders left in limbo, and one devastated groom and a wedding without a bride. Yup. The tears are a comin'...
Iranian-born Roozbeh Aliabadi met his love, Zhinous, two years during a trip to his homeland. After meeting eyes from across the room at a party, Aliabadi took a cue from a romantic comedy (any romantic comedy, take your pick), marched straight up to Zhinous, and said, "I don't even know your name or who you are, but I know you are going to be the mother of my children." Zhinous laughed in reply and the rest, as they say, was history.
Last June, the two were legally married in front of Iranian notary and Aliabadi returned to his home in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, while Zhinous applied for her permanent residency card.
"She got notice on Jan. 17 ― while Obama was still president ― that [U.S. Citizenship & Immigration Services] approved her for permanent residency," Aliabadi explained to The Huffington Post. And the pair excitedly made plans to finally celebrate their union with a formal wedding and then a romantic road trip honeymoon along the California coast.
But 10 days later, the new POTUS' executive order went into effect, banning Zhinous from obtaining her needed visa.
However, in the face of such adversity, these two aren't losing hope — or love. In a tweet that has since gone viral, Aliabadi shared a snapshot of himself and his sweetie, captioned "Thank u @realDonaldTrump 4 banning my wife to enter the #US & delay our wedding. Our love will be stronger than your ban & wall."
But for now it's a wedding waiting game. '"Honey,'" Aliabadi told his bride. "Look on the bright side. In five years or six years or 10 years we have really, really funny stories to tell our kids,'" the groom recounted. "I just hope that when I talk about these stories to my kids, I'm going to think of Mr. Trump in a good way and in a kind and nice way. Not in a bitter way. That's what I’m hoping for."