When it began to dawn on Marjan Vayghan that her uncle Ali had been detained by customs enforcement at the Los Angeles International Airport, she hadn’t even heard about President Trump’s Muslim ban. On the evening of January 27, the same day Trump signed the executive order, Ali Vayeghan (he and his niece spell their names differently), an Iranian national with an American green card, was scheduled to arrive at LAX on a 7 p.m. flight. It wasn’t until 2 a.m. that a customs official confirmed to Marjan’s distraught family what they already suspected: that Ali was being held prisoner at the airport.
Marjan didn’t get any sleep until 7 that morning. Before she crawled into bed, she put up a post on Facebook, describing to her friends what had happened to her uncle.
When she woke up at noon and checked her newsfeed, Marjan told me, “My friends had just gone crazy.” …