OPINION: When I stepped off the plane on American soil I felt something I’d never felt before — hope and freedom
I was born and raised in Iran, but feel my soul was manufactured in the United States. I felt like an American before I ever stepped foot in this country.
In 2009, millions of Iranians marched on the streets to express their political grievances. I was among them. My parents had been political prisoners in Iran. They tortured my father. They took everything from us. So I fought back, but my political activism got me expelled from college.
My parents and I knew I had to leave Iran to have any chance at a life. When I stepped off the plane on American soil I felt something I’d never felt before: hope and freedom.