Northeastern Student From Iran Deported Despite Court Order For Him To Stay
Jan. 22–An Iranian man who had obtained a visa to study economics at Northeastern University this spring was deported late Monday night, his attorneys said, despite the fact that a judge had issued an order allowing him to stay.
“He’s understandably upset,” said Attorney Heather Yountz. “His life has now been turned around because of the decision of one or two Customs and Border Protection officers.”
Lawyers for 24-year-old Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi said they filed an emergency petition Monday night to stop Abadi from being deported, after he was detained by Customs and Border Protection officers at Logan International Airport and denied the right to contact them.
Abadi’s attorneys said he had already obtained a student visa and that CBP did not say why they decided to detain him.
“This is not an isolated incident. This is a pattern of misbehavior by this administration, who lack respect for the rule of law and lack respect for the individuals who are coming here just to attend school,” said Attorney Susan Church.
Dozens of protesters gathered at Logan on Monday night after news got out that Abadi had been detained. Abadi’s attorneys were able to get U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs to issue an order allowing him to stay in the country for 48 hours.
However, Abadi’s attorneys were alerted Tuesday morning that their client had already been removed from the country.
One of Abadi’s attorneys, Kerry Doyle, pleaded with U.S. District Judge Richard Stearns on Tuesday to order CBP to allow him to return, but Stearns instead dismissed the case, saying that he didn’t think he had the authority to issue such an order.
Doyle said Massachusetts Sen. Ed Markey had been in touch with CBP as the situation unfolded and confirmed that officials put him on a flight after the stay order was issued.
Attorneys representing the U.S government told Stearns that Abadi had been removed before the stay order was issued.
“Customs and Border Protection did not provide me any answers for why it refused entry to Shahab Dehghani, nor did it acknowledge the alarming discrepancy in moving forward with his removal despite a Federal District Court order granting Mr. Dehghani a stay in order to review the decision of CBP,” Markey said in a statement.
Abadi’s attorneys told reporters outside the courthouse that they have not yet formulated their exact next steps, but that they plan to file an additional motion with Burroughs.
“Yesterday of all days was Martin Luther King Day. How ironic is that on the day that we honor Martin Luther King and the highest principles that he stood for, they violated those same rights,” said Omar Rashed, who said he’s been friends with Abadi for the past two years. “What CBP did was illegal, they weren’t even legally enforcing the law. He was a valid resident, he had a valid visa and they still turned him away without a reason.”
CBP officials have not yet responded to a request for comment.
According to the ACLU, at least 10 students have been sent back to Iran upon arriving at U.S. airports since August 2019, seven of whom flew into Logan. ___
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