Iranian Student Deported Despite Court Order

Wednesday, January 22, 2020 - 16:13

Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi, a student at Northeastern University, was denied entry to the U.S. and ordered to immediately fly back to his native country despite a court order temporarily staying his removal, immigration lawyers and civil rights groups said on Tuesday.

The 24-year-old economics student of Northeastern University, Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein, was refused entry to the United States on his student visa and detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Boston Logan International Airport, Press TV reports.

According to his lead attorney Kerry Doyle, while he was detained, a Massachusetts district court judge granted him an emergency stay, nonetheless, he was deported Monday night.

Based on the court documents and his attorneys, Dehghani went through a thorough vetting process with the US government lasting one year before he obtained his visa. He had studied at the university for two semesters, left the US, and then was finally approved to return last week.

ACLU of Massachusetts Executive Director Carol Rose said in a statement that:

"We are looking at all options to hold CBP accountable for wrongfully deporting Iranians and other students who hold valid visas."

The ACLU of Massachusetts says at least 10 students have been sent back to Iran upon arriving to US airports, with seven of them having flown into the Boston airport.

Meanwhile, a crowd of people including members of the ACLU of Massachusetts and the Muslim Justice League gathered at the Boston airport to protest Dehghani's detention, CNN reports.

After inauguration in 2016, US President Donald Trump controversially pushed through a ban suspending issuance of immigrant and non-immigrant visas to applicants from the Muslim-majority countries of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Syria, and Yemen.

The Trump administration plans to add seven other countries to a group of nations subject to travel restrictions, including Nigeria, Africa’s most populous country, along with others in Africa and Asia, according to administration officials who have seen the list, Wall Street Journal reports.

Based on the report, The new restrictions would apply to travelers and immigrants from Belarus, Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan and Tanzania. The countries wouldn’t necessarily face blanket bans on travel to the U.S., but could have restrictions placed on specific types of visas, such as business or visitor visas, administration officials said.

Democratic presidential candidate and Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts also weighed in, tweeting Monday: "Shahab Dehghani is an Iranian student with a valid F1 visa, returning to finish his education. CBP already held him overnight. His deportation must be halted, and we must fight the Trump administration's xenophobic policies."


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