Iranian Researcher And Family Detained At Logan Airport

Bruno Cirelli
Luglio 12, 2017

Seyed Mohsen Dehnavi, an Iranian cancer researcher, was ready to begin a stint as a visiting scholar at the Boston Children's Hospital - but when he landed in the US, he was detained at Boston's Logan International Airport. They are scheduled to be sent back to Iran later on Tuesday, according to the hospital.

"Dr. Dehnavi is a visiting research scholar on a J-1 visa coming to Boston Children's with his wife and three children".

"Boston Children's hopes that this situation will be quickly resolved and Dr. Dehnavi and his family will be released and allowed to enter the US", said Rob Graham on behalf of the hospital.

It was not immediately clear why the doctor and his family were being detained and the hospital did not give a reason, though some speculated that it resulted from the recent decision to allow parts of Trump's ban against citizens from six countries.

Dehnavi's detention comes after the US Supreme Court upheld last month a twice-revised executive order from President Donald Trump that sought to ban travel to the USA for residents of several Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. She said the stop was based on information discovered during the agency's review. The Court ruled, however, that current visa holders would be allowed to travel to and from the USA and that "a worker who accepted an offer of employment from an American company or a lecturer invited to address an American audience" would also be exempt from the travel ban.

However, a spokesperson for the U.S. Customs and Border Protection said in a statement to the Boston Globe that the government can deny entry into the U.S. for many reasons, from health-related grounds to security to immigration violations. But the court said the ban can't block people with a "credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

Dehnavi is reportedly a prominent Iranian cancer researcher. "If it is a minor paperwork issue, then something needs to be told to the family so they can resolve it".

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