2020-01-31 11:47:00

Why Are We Turning Away Iranian Students from the US?


Negin Owliaei, researcher and editor at Inequality.org, a project of the Institute for Policy Studies. She previously worked as a journalist and digital producer at Al Jazeera Media Network.


Earlier this week a 27-year old Iranian student named Alireza Yazdani arrived at Detroit Metro Airport, ready to continue his Ph.D. at Michigan State University. But upon his arrival Customs and Border Patrol authorities questioned him.

The interrogation lasted six hours after which a weary Yazdani simply gave up and allowed authorities to send him back home.

He is one of the dozens of documented cases of Iranians, especially students, with legitimate reasons for traveling to the US and valid travel papers being turned away.

Since the US provoked a near-war with the Iranian regime in early January, cases of students being deported like Yazdani’s are piling up and civil rights advocates are deeply concerned.

Meanwhile, the House of Representatives on Thursday voted to sharply constrain the Trump administration from waging a war on Iran without Congressional approval.

They also repealed the 2002 Authorization for the Use of Military Force (AUFM) passed in the wake of the 9-11 attacks. Trump has threatened to veto both measures.

Rising Up with Sonali is a radio and television show that brings progressive news coverage rooted in gender and racial justice to a wide audience. Rising Up With Sonali was built on the foundation of Sonali Kolhatkar's earlier show, Uprising, which became the longest-running drive-time radio show on KPFK in Los Angeles hosted by a woman. RUS airs on Free Speech TV every weekday.

Missed an episode?  Check out Rising Up on FSTV VOD anytime or visit the show page for the latest clips.

#FreeSpeechTV is one of the last standing national, independent news networks committed to advancing progressive social change. 

#FSTV is available on Dish, DirectTV, AppleTV, Roku, Sling and online at freespeech.org

 .

Alireza Yazdani Border Patrol Detroit Free Speech TV ICE Immigration Iran Michigan State University Negin Owliaei Rising Up with Sonali Sonali Kolhatkar United States War

Immigration

Democracy Now!

A Look Back at Historic 1970 Chicano Walkout at Robb Elementary as Uvalde Reels from School Massacre

A Look Back at Historic 1970 Chicano Walkout at Robb Elementary as Uvalde Reels from School Massacre

Democracy Now!

San Antonio Organizer: U.S. Immigration Policy Is to Blame for Deaths of 53 in Smuggling Tragedy

San Antonio Organizer: U.S. Immigration Policy Is to Blame for Deaths of 53 in Smuggling Tragedy

Democracy Now!

Tragedy in Texas: 46 Found Dead in Suspected Smuggling Attempt Amid Biden's Harsh Border Enforcement

Tragedy in Texas: 46 Found Dead in Suspected Smuggling Attempt Amid Biden's Harsh Border Enforcement

Rising Up With Sonali

New Film ‘America’s Family’ Brings Immigration Injustices to Big Screen

New Film ‘America’s Family’ Brings Immigration Injustices to Big Screen

Democracy Now!

Iran Nuclear Deal Appears Within Reach as Negotiators Send “Final Text” to Tehran & Washington

Iran Nuclear Deal Appears Within Reach as Negotiators Send “Final Text” to Tehran & Washington

Democracy Now!

“Horrifying”: Gaza Assault Kills 44 Palestinians, 15 Children. Will Ceasefire End Bloodshed?

“Horrifying”: Gaza Assault Kills 44 Palestinians, 15 Children. Will Ceasefire End Bloodshed?

The Randi Rhodes' Show

Brittney Griner Has Been Given a 9 Year Sentence

Brittney Griner Has Been Given a 9 Year Sentence

The Stephanie Miller Show

The Pact Act and Trump's Missing Messages

The Pact Act and Trump's Missing Messages

Related

Democracy Now!

Biden to End Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy; Immigrants Face Ongoing Trauma, Separation

Biden to End Trump-Era "Remain in Mexico" Border Policy; Immigrants Face Ongoing Trauma, Separation

Democracy Now!

Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 10, 2022

Top U.S. & World Headlines — August 10, 2022

Democracy Now!

As FBI Raids Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Public Citizen Calls Again for Trump to Be Prosecuted for Jan. 6

As FBI Raids Trump’s Mar-a-Lago, Public Citizen Calls Again for Trump to Be Prosecuted for Jan. 6

Democracy Now!

“Horrifying”: Gaza Assault Kills 44 Palestinians, 15 Children. Will Ceasefire End Bloodshed?

“Horrifying”: Gaza Assault Kills 44 Palestinians, 15 Children. Will Ceasefire End Bloodshed?

Proud Partners