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Trump May Not Be Able to Make Russia Scandal Go Away, But He Can Stop an Iranian Harvard Cancer Researcher From Entering US. Roger Algase

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The latest news reports state that Donald Trump may be fuming with a sense of helplessness over his evident inability to end the growing scandal of so far unproven allegations that his campaign officials, or even his eldest son, may have colluded with, or attempted to collude with, Russia in order to sway the results of last year's election in which Trump was resoundingly defeated by Hillary Clinton in the popular vote.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...-russia-240433.

But while Trump does not have the power to muzzle an independent press, or to make the special counsel, Robert Mueller, who has been appointed to look into allegations of collusion and possible obstruction of justice, go away without severe consequences to Trump and his administration, Trump does have the power to take action against the most vulnerable people in our society, who have very limited, if any, legal or public relations power to stand up to him - namely immigrants, especially those from the almost 100 percent Muslim countries subject to his latest entry ban order.

These include Iranian cancer researcher Mohsan Dehnavi, who on July 11, was detained and sent back to Iran by US Customs and Border Protection (CBP), along with his family, despite having a valid J-1 training visa and, beyond any reasonable question, strong ties with his sponsoring organization, Harvard University affiliated Children's Hospital as defined in the Supreme Court's June 26 Muslim ban decision.

http://cbsnews.com/news/iranian-canc...-back-to-iran/

For an earlier report, see: Washington Post, July 11:

Cancer researcher was held at Boston Airport. Now he is being sent back to Iran

http://www.newzeb.com/story/700805)

According to the above CBS News report, and other similar reports, CBP is now claiming that sending Denahvi and his family home had nothing to do with Trump's entry ban order, but was because there was "additional paperwork" that needed to be completed in Iran.

There was no indication as to what that "additional paperwork" might be.

While there is no proof as yet that Trump's Muslim entry ban order was in fact the reason for Denahvi's being sent back, I cannot help being a reminded of a story, I believe it was by Ring Lardner, that I read many long decades ago about a shady character named "Lefty".

According to the story (as I recall), the fact that Lefty was in Philadelphia over the weekend, and that there was a murder in Philadelphia during that weekend, did not prove that Lefty committed the murder, but one could not be sure about that either.

The fact that a cancer researcher from a Muslim country whose work could without any doubt promote the safety and health of America's children was sent home without any clear or reasonable explanation, doesn't necessarily mean that Trump's Muslim ban was the real reason, but, along with reports that other scientific researchers from Iran, including a Harvard Medical School affiliated diabetes researcher, were barred under Trump's initial, since withdrawn and thoroughly discredited, Muslim ban order,

http://globalnews.ca/news/3211942/ha...m-entering-us/

and that entries to the US from Iran are now reportedly down and US visa interviews in Iran are being canceled and not rescheduled (see above Washington Post story), it certainly raises suspicions that the real reason for sending this accomplished scientist home was not primarily to enforce the laws of, or promote the security of, the United States, but to let as few Muslims into America as possible.

That this might have been the real purpose for sending Dr. Dehnavi home would be consistent with Trump's numerous, consistent attacks on all Muslims (not just extremists) during the presidential campaign, and the anti-Islam, "Clash of Civilizations" ideology of some of his top presidential advisers, such as Stephen Bannon and Stephen Miller,

http://www.motherjones.com/politics/...e-nationalist/

as well as his former national security adviser Michael Flynn, (who resigned in disgrace for unrelated reasons).

Flynn, notably, has called Islam a "cancer" rather than a religion.

http://www.rightwingwatch.org/post/t...ng-a-religion/

After Fkynn was forced to resign, Trump stated that he regretted firing Flynn and wished he were back in the White House.

http://www.politico.com/story/2017/0...e-aides-238618

It should not be hard for Dr. Dehnavi and his family, and everyone who cares about the health of our nation's children, to figure out the real reason why he was sent back to Iran, rather than being allowed into the US to conduct his potentially life saving medical research for one of America's top universities, pursuant to the terms of his valid visa.

Roger Algase
Attorney at Law
algaselex@gmail.com

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Updated 07-13-2017 at 10:27 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs

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  1. MKolken's Avatar
    "Fuming with rage and helplessness" Sound like anyone you know Roger?
  2. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I am only quoting language from the news story that I provided a link to. I do not repeat anything that I cannot justify by a citation or link.

    Unless I missed something, that article (in POLITICO) was about the president of the United States.

    It was not concerned with the reaction of any Trump supporters or apologists, whoever or wherever they may be, to any criticism of America's 45th president.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  3. MKolken's Avatar
    Did you write the following paragraph? If not, you have not properly attributed the source:

    The latest news reports state that Donald Trump may be fuming with rage and helplessness over his evident inability to end the growing scandal of so far unproven allegations that his campaign officials, or even his eldest son, may have colluded with, or attempted to collude with, Russia in order to sway the results of last year's election in which Trump was resoundingly defeated by Hillary Clinton in the popular vote.
  4. MKolken's Avatar
    Incidentally Roger, who predicted this would happen?

    Furthermore, even if a visa is issued, that does not confer a noncitizen a Constitutional right to entry. Visas may be revoked at any time, which includes at the time of the application for admission in the discretion of the inspecting officer, and very little if any explanation for the revocation is required as the applicant maintains the burden of proof.
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 08:14 AM by MKolken
  5. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I wrote the quoted paragraph and provided the link to the source of my comment in POLITICO at the beginning of my above comment.

    However, while the POLITICO article which I cited uses the words "fuming" and "helpless" to describe the president's state of mind, Matt is correct in pointing out that it does not use the word "rage", and I have amended that sentence in my above comment accordingly.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 10:31 AM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  6. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    Roger, if you don't know why the doctor was excluded, how can you blame Trump for it? Or are you saying that cancer researches should never be excluded under any circumstances?

    Nolan Rappaport
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