This is a woman who thinks the biggest indignity about living here was that her apartment only had one bathroom. So she might be a little privileged and entitled and have no idea what actual poverty, hardship, or strife are.40% of Persians living in the States ("Iranian-Americans") are in California (mainly LA, OC, San Diego) followed by New York and New Jersey, I think, but the first wave of imigration was between the 40's and '80s with It's peak around the mid-70's when almost half of all Iranian studying aboard were in the USA and were the largest foreign students population of all in the country. The second wave was after 1979 when the revolution/hostage situation began.
Thing is, according to the 2010 US census there were 448,722 "residents of Iranian ancestry" which went up to "around 1-2 million" in 2014 by... Some sources? Not sure where these numbers came from tbh.
It was estimated there were around 283,225 people living in the States who were born in Iran by a study in the 2000's, which makes the census information make more sense in my opinion.
But wherever we are talking 448,722 or 1-2 mil Iranian people... Outside of USA, there were:
~500,000 in Turkey (in 2010)
-400,000-500,000 in UAE (in 200
-210,405 in Canada (in 2016)
-237,000 in Germany (in 201
-135,000 in Israel (in 2007)
-92,428 in Sweden (in 2011)
-83,000 in the UK (in 2011)
-80,000 in Kuwait (in 2003)
-etc, etc, etc.
So, I get that there are lots of Iranian people in LA but I think there's some deeper history and context behind that. Truth is, in the grand scale, just a minority fled to the USA when compared to all of the people who went to these other countries .
For her to claim that all Iranian refugees after '79 just hopped on a plane and landed in LA or that something as horrifying as the events taking place at the time were just a big inconvenience and nothing more is really entitled, snoby, ignorant and disrespectful statement towards the same people she claims she is representing and fighting for.
(Especially with the combination of other statements in the tone of "Well, MY parents were educated and knew English, so they got WORK with ease and WE didn't have any problems, so.... Like, what's the big deal here?" or that everybody just viewed it as a vacation, etc. )