Gospel singer Kierra Sheard gets emotional over sad story of an Iranian-American man affected by Trump’s Muslim Ban [VIDEO]
Article By Asia Hall // EEW Magazine News
A video of an Iranian-American man named Hossein Khoshbakhty breaking down at the Los Angeles International Airport over Donald Trump’s Muslim Ban is breaking hearts across the Internet.
When gospel recording artist Kierra Sheard viewed it, she shared her deeply emotional response.
“I couldn't watch more than once,” wrote the Stellar Award-winning singer in a Jan. 31 Instagram caption next to a photo still of the gut-wrenching video. “This brought tears to my eyes."
The recorded interview of Khoshbakhty, a U.S. Green Card holder, shows him detailing his story of how his family left Iran for a better life in America.
He has lived in the U.S. for more than 15 years and was overcome with emotion as he tried to help his brother who was detained at LAX by immigration.
“They said ‘your brother is here.’ I said ‘can I speak to him?’ They said ‘no’, that he’s just going to be deported tomorrow with the next airline,” explained Khoshbakhty, putting a human face on the ban that impacts travelers with passports from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen.
Since Trump’s ban has been put in place, according to Reuters, even U.S. green card holders from the seven barred countries traveling outside the United States need to check with a U.S. consulate to see whether they can return, senior U.S. administration officials said on Saturday.
Further restrictions on immigrants and refugees put into effect by President Trump also mandate that legal permanent residents who have passports from the seven countries have to be cleared back into the United States on a case-by-case basis, an official told reporters in a briefing.
“I said ‘what can I do?’ He said ‘nothing’. I don’t know what I have to do. We ran away from Iran to this country (because) there they do something like this; now we have the same situation here,’” Khoshbakhty said, broken up about it.
Sheard, 29, who supported Hillary Clinton’s candidacy, reacted strongly to the sad video by sharing her negative perceptions of President Trump with her nearly 600,000 Instagram followers.
“It's so heartbreaking to see that someone so wicked can be proud and okay with seeing so many of us in this lamenting position,” she said.
GRAMMY® Award-winning gospel singer Tasha Cobbs also reacted to the video on her Instagram page Monday. She shared a clip of it with the simple caption, “Tears. JESUS please help us...”
The "Break Every Chain" singer, a good friend of Sheard's, sparked a series of online postings from followers expressing their own grief, dismay and disappointment with the new administration's ban.
Despite the hard-to-watch story conjuring up feelings of empathy and sorrow, Sheard said, “Today will be a good day and God will override!”
She then added, “praying for us all.”
Watch the story below.