Iranian cancer researcher detained at Logan International Airport in US

13 July, 2017, 01:38 | Author: Clint Gray
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The hospital said the reasons for the detention were unclear, and that the family remained at the airport and could be sent back to Iran later yesterday.

An Iranian researcher coming to work at Boston Children's Hospital as a visiting scholar has been denied entry to the United States.

"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 USA", the hospital said.

'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 USA, ' hospital spokesman Rob Graham said in the statement.

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An Iranian researcher, his wife and their three children - the youngest of whom is 7 months old - have been detained at Logan Airport since Monday. Boston Children's Hospital is also providing its support and looking for ways to provide officials with evidence of Dehnavi's professional experience.

The ACLU of MA said that it is aware of reports from Logan Airport about "possible violations of the Supreme Court's order on the Muslim ban". She says the stop was based on information discovered during the agency's review.

Malin added: "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, labour certification, illegal entrants and immigration violations, documentation requirements, and miscellaneous grounds".

"What #MuslimBan is doing RIGHT NOW", the National Iranian American Council's Trita Parsi said on Twitter Tuesday morning.

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"The family is very anxious", said Shayan Modarres, a lawyer for the D.C. -based council, which has been in contact with the family.

Gregory Romanovsky, chair of the American Immigration Lawyer's Association, told NBC Boston that the detainment of the Dehnavi family shows an "overzealous enforcement" of immigration laws. Iran is one of the countries on that list.

When Trump's initial travel ban was put in place in January, some foreign researchers from the affected countries were prevented from traveling to work in the U.S.

"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.

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