Mareena Nouristani said her mother's tears when Trump won the election "weren't just for her and her future."
"They were for all Muslims and people of color that would face persecution from here on out," Nouristani told BuzzFeed News.
Nouristani said her mother feared "how much violent racist will be spiked even more so in our country on behalf of Trump's dehumanizing rhetoric."
Her mother fled from persecution, oppression and harassment in Afghanistan during the communist regime, Nouristani said.
"My mother came to this country as an immigrant to be free from religious and political persecutions, and she is now absolutely petrified that she’ll have to endure it all again, and even worse, see my siblings and I endure what she did," Nouristani said.
She said that she also felt terrified for her family, including her mother, sister and aunts who wear the hijab. "I don’t feel like it’s my home anymore, and I genuinely feel scared to be here," Nouristani said. "I feel like I’ve become an outsider."