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Iranian cancer researcher and his family detained at Boston airport

13 July 2017, 01:39 | Rodolfo Quinn

Brian Snyder Reuters An international traveler arrives at Logan Airport in Boston Massachusetts

Brian Snyder  Reuters
An international traveler arrives at Logan Airport in Boston Massachusetts

U.S. Customs and Border Patrol spokeswoman Stephanie Malin says Mohsen Dehnavi and his family were put on a return flight shortly after 9 p.m. Tuesday.

Dr Mohsen Dehnavi, who was travelling with his wife and three children to MA to conduct postdoctoral research at Boston Children's Hospital, was detained at the airport and put on a return flight to Iran.

An Iranian cancer researcher who was due to take up a position at a prominent Boston hospital was detained for 24 hours with his family and then sent back to his country.

On Tuesday, the MA chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union tweeted out that it was "hearing reports from Logan Airport about possible violations of the Supreme Court's order on the Muslim ban".

Malin told the family the detention was for "reasons unrelated" to Donald Trump's executive orders, frequently referred to (by Trump himself) as a "travel ban". Boston Children's Hospital is also providing its support and looking for ways to provide officials with evidence of Dehnavi's professional experience.

"In order to demonstrate that they are admissible, the applicant must overcome all grounds of inadmissibility including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons, public charge, labor certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds", CBP added. He says the Supreme Court's recent ruling reinstating large portions of President Trump's travel ban could be a factor in the detention. The court stated that travelers from six countries, including Iran, were not allowed in the country unless they could provide, "a credible claim of a bona fide relationship with a person or entity in the United States".

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"I don't really know what the source of the problem is", said Rashidian, who was supposed to pick the family up from the airport on Monday afternoon.

Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, tweeted a picture of Dehnavi's visa Tuesday morning. "It's probably something much more stupid than that", said Susan Church, who chairs the New England chapter of the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Iran is one of the countries on that list.

As a result, the USA is missing out on a cancer researcher.

'Many people, doctors and nurses and people who are students working in the world-class institutions that we have are going to be boxed out or left out of the country, ' he said.

During the 2016 presidential campaign, Trump had called for a "complete and total shutdown" of Muslims entering the United States, a move he called necessary to protect national security in the wake of attacks at home and overseas by Islamist extremists.

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