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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

Iranian Researcher Denied Admission Alleged to Have Ties to Militia

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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.

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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.

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

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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    This would at least appear to be a valid reason, albeit a thin one, if he has had no militia connections in the past 10 years.

    If a waiver is available by law, one would expect that due consideration would be given to granting it, since he is coming to the US to save the lives of American children, not support a militia.

    One would also like to see if this story is confirmed by a more reliable and less biased source than Fox News.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
  2. MKolken's Avatar
    Quote Originally Posted by ImmigrationLawBlogs
    This would at least appear to be a valid reason, albeit a thin one, if he has had no militia connections in the past 10 years.

    If a waiver is available by law, one would expect that due consideration would be given to granting it, since he is coming to the US to save the lives of American children, not support a militia.

    One would also like to see if this story is confirmed by a more reliable and less biased source than Fox News.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Fox derangement syndrome?

    https://www.rferl.org/a/iranian-doct.../28612992.html
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I will not argue further with Matt about one of America's most biased and least trustworthy news outlets. But I would also look for confirmation from a real source before taking Fox's word for anything.

    Nor do I mean to imply that every time someone has a visa or entry problem it is due to discrimination or prejudice.

    That would be absurd. I just got a message from a client who is being held up waiting for a visa at a US embassy because the embassy allegedly hadn't updated its computer system's records.

    The client is from Eastern Europe, the same part of the world where Trump's own wife comes from.

    No racial or religious prejudice here, only the kind of incompetence in the immigration system that I have been dealing with for almost four decades as an immigration lawyer.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 12:18 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
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