Protesters gathered at Boston Logan International Airport Monday evening in support of an Iranian student studying at Northeastern University who the school said was denied entry into the United States when he arrived earlier in the day.
Officials at the Boston university said in a statement Monday night that they are aware the student was denied entry into the country, in contact with federal officials and working to facilitate the student’s successful return to Northeastern.
Northeastern “welcomes thousands of international students and supports them with an array of resources,” the university said in its statement.
While Northeastern did not identify the student in its statement, court documents identify him as Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi.
It’s unclear why the student was denied entry, but the local chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union is involved in the student’s case, according to an official with the prominent advocacy group, and a federal lawsuit has been filed to block the student’s deportation.
Court documents show the student’s removal has been stayed for 48 hours and he will remain in the custody of U.S. Customs and Border Protection. He has a hearing at 10 a.m. Tuesday in Boston federal court.
The student has a visa and was trying to return to Boston for school, said Carol Rose, executive director of ACLU Massachusetts.
She called the situation concerning, saying that the student was being held without access to lawyers.
The crowd of protesters at Logan held signs aloft showing phrases like, “Protect Iranian students” and “Stop discrimination against Iranians.”
A U.S. Customs and Border Protection spokesperson declined to discuss the situation, saying in a statement they “are not at liberty to discuss an individual’s processing due to the Privacy Act.”
The CBP statement went on to say that, “Applicants must demonstrate they are admissible into the U.S. by overcoming 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.”
Via NBC Boston
To review: Iranian w valid student visa arrives at Boston Logan; gets detained & CBP orders he be deported; lawyers file court case; judge orders he not be deported & calls for hearing next morning; CBP deports student anyway; this a.m. judge says since student deported case moot https://t.co/SQNdRFYzp2
— Dr. Shiva Balaghi (@SBalaghi) January 21, 2020
BREAKING: Shahab will not be deported tonight. IAABer @lilytaj5 traveled all the way from New Hampshire w/ friends to demand that Boston Logan CBP #LetShahabIn – the lawyers just announced there will be a hearing at 10am tomorrow. They need everyone to show up at the hearing. pic.twitter.com/wnkwFfBB5I
— IAAB (@IAABsays) January 21, 2020
What we saw in August seems to be repeating: deportations targeting Iranian students who secured visas under a Muslim ban exception. Doubly cruel to be detained and deported after first securing a visa, quitting a job, leaving family & flying to US to start your dream program https://t.co/aK9UntwP81
— Ryan Costello (@RyeCostello) January 21, 2020
Protesters continue to gather at Logan airport in support of Iranian student Shahab Dehghani, who has been unjustly detained by @CBP. Shahab is an undergraduate studying Math and Econ at @Northeastern and holds an F1 visa. pic.twitter.com/13Rs6pX16f
— NIAC ?️? (@NIACouncil) January 21, 2020
Meanwhile the protest at Boston Logan airport is on going. pic.twitter.com/Njh0r8exSn
— Bahman Kalbasi (@BahmanKalbasi) January 21, 2020