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  1. Iranian Researcher Denied Admission Alleged to Have Ties to Militia

    by , 07-13-2017 at 08:48 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    It has been reported that the Iranian researcher denied admission to the U.S. allegedly has ties to a volunteer militia that is linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

    Via Fox News:

    Images aired on state television Thursday showing Mohsen Dehnavi's return confirmed that he was the same man who previously headed a student branch of volunteer paramilitary militia.

    An earlier report in the semi-official Fars news agency said Dehnavi was appointed the head of the student Basij force at Iran's Sharif University in September 2007. The Basij is a volunteer militia that is linked to Iran's Revolutionary Guard.

    Click here for the source.

    And see via RFERL.org:

    An Iranian medical researcher who was prevented from entering the United States to work at a Boston hospital is believed to have been an active member of the Basij force used in Iran as a tool of state repression.

    Seyed Mohsen Dehnavi was the head of the Basiji at Tehran's Sharif University, former students at the university and activists claim.

    Updated 07-13-2017 at 11:26 AM by MKolken

  2. 50,000 Refugee Admissions Cap Reached

    by , 07-13-2017 at 07:39 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the L.A. Times:

    The State Department announced Wednesday that the country had hit its cap of 50,000 refugee admissions for the fiscal year.

    Refugees scheduled to travel Wednesday would be allowed to proceed before travel ban restrictions kick in the next day, the department said in a statement.


    Click here for more of the story.
  3. All-girl Afghan robotics team allowed to travel to US after visa ruling overturned

    by , 07-13-2017 at 05:04 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    I would not be surprised if the girls apply for asylum shortly after admission.

    Via The Guardian:

    Six Afghan teenage girls are to compete in person in a global robotics competition in Washington on Sunday after the US reversed a decision not to grant them visas.

    The initial rejection of the team’s visa sparked international outcry and the girls became national celebrities in Afghanistan, where many are perplexed about the repercussions of new US immigration rules and feel abandoned by their American allies.

    A US state department official confirmed to the Guardian that there were new developments under way in the girls’ case. The team said they had been asked to show up at the embassy in Kabul on Thursday.


    Click here for the rest of the story.
  4. Border Patrol: Iranian Doctor Detained for Reasons Unrelated to Travel Ban

    by , 07-12-2017 at 05:30 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via FOX News:

    The Iranian cancer researcher who was detained at Boston's Logan International Airport along with his family and sent back to his home country on Tuesday was not a result of President Trump's travel ban, a spokeswoman from U.S. Customs and Border Partol said.

    Stephanie Malin, the spokeswoman, said Moshen Dehnavi and his family were detained for “reasons unrelated” to Trump’s executive order. She said the stop was based on information discovered during the agency’s review. She did not elaborate.


    Click here for the rest of the story.
  5. Federal Judge: Jailing Refugee Children is Fundamentally Wrong on So Many Levels

    by , 07-11-2017 at 08:21 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Judge Dean D. Pregerson stated the obvious: jailing refugee children is “fundamentally wrong on so many levels.” I will update you as soon as a decision is rendered.

    Via Latino Rebels:

    Monday morning in a Los Angeles federal courtroom, Judge Dean D. Pregerson became the first judge of any kind (federal, immigration or state) to give a hearing to four Central American children (ages 3, 4, 8 and 16) who have been detained at Berks Family Prison for the past two years. The children all have approved Special Immigrant Juvenile Status petitions, which means that the federal government has affirmed that they are vulnerable children who have been abused, neglected or abandoned, and they qualify for “green cards” on that basis. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has taken the position that, essentially, the children can be detained and deported up until the moment that they have their green cards in hand. Attorneys for the children argued that this violates a consent decree entered into by the government.

    Click here for the rest of the article courtesy of immigration lawyer Amy Maldonado.
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