For her family who immigrated to the US 30 years ago, she said "it feels like you are not wanted in this country that you tried so hard to be part of".
But it went on to state that "close family" does not include "grandparents, grandchildren, aunts, uncles, nieces, nephews, cousins, brothers-in-laws and sisters-in-law, fiancés and any other "extended" family members".
Lawyers and human rights activists took up positions at major USA airports as a weakened version of President Donald Trump's travel ban took effect late on Thursday.
Now some people from six majority-Muslim countries will face restrictions on travel to the US. Travellers with business or professional ties in the USA also are exempted if they can show a relationship that is formal and documented, and not based on an intent to evade the ban.
"People who are entering with already validly issued visas should have no problem entering at all", said immigration lawyer Talia Inlender. "I think it's the lazy man's way to enhance homeland security". "This Court should clarify as soon as possible that the Supreme Court meant what it said, and that foreign nationals that credibly claim connections with this country can not be denied entry under the President's illegal Order".
The motion claims that the administration's intent to move forward following a U.S. Supreme Court ruling on Monday runs afoul of both courts' instructions. "I$3 t means that everybody is going to be in the situation of kind of scrambling to understand whatever they [the State Department] put out, and work through the issues", he said.More news: Swamy condemns Azam Khan's 'vulgar' statement on Army
The original ban, released on 27 January, provoked mass protests at American airports. Dual nationals who travel on their passport from the unaffected country will also be allowed entry.
The carrier reminded passengers that they "must possess the appropriate travel documents, including a valid U.S. entry visa, in order to travel". Dubai-based Emirates, which ranks as the world's biggest long-haul airline and has USA flights originating from some of the affected countries, said its U.S. services were operating as usual.
Dubai-based Emirates said in response to questions on the travel ban Thursday that it "remains guided by the US Customs and Border Protection on this matter".
Immigration rights activists and lawyers said they would be on hand at major USA airports ready to help arrivals and ensure those with valid visas were allowed in.
Others posted pictures of their relatives who already live in the USA, like Khatami's grandmother, but who easily could have been affected under the temporary ban.
The department said airports will do more thorough passenger interviews and better vetting of future employees. "The political campaign rhetoric that there was no vetting process or a weak vetting process is complete nonsense". In addition, Secretary of state Rex Tillerson has said the USA wants to keep refugees that have fled to places such as Jordan and Turkey within their regions so they can return home when it is safe to do so.