Jan 25, 2020 15:18 Asia/Tehran [Updated: Jan 25, 2020 16:50 Asia/Tehran]
  • US treatment of Iranian nationals, inhuman: FM Spokesman

Tehran (IP) - Iran's Foreign Ministry Spokesman condemned the US inhuman treatment of the Iranian nationals and US-born Iranians who live in the country at the borders.

Iran Press/Iran News: In a statement on Saturday, spokesman for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of the Islamic Republic of Iran Seyyed Abbas Mousavi said that the US act is a sheer violation of human rights that can be prosecuted in international human right bodies.

"The recent illegal and inhumane treatment of the US Border Guard Police with either Iranian nationals or US-born Iranians is totally discriminatory, merely committed because of their race, nationality, or religion," Mousavi said.

He stated that the US security forces subject the Iranians to the political and religious inquisition and enter their personal accounts in cyberspace by force.

The anti-Iranian acts are in line with the US regime's hostile policies against Iran and Iranian identity and existence, Mousavi said.

"The hostile and vengeful policy of the US regime against Iran has been manifested once through a decision to ban Iranians from entering the US, once through threatening to attack on Iranian cultural and civil centers, once through cowardly assassination of the mythical hero of the war on terror, and more recently trough the persecution of Iranians on US borders," the Iranian spokesman explained.

Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi, an Iranian student, who had a valid F-1 US student visa, was deported from the United States last week in spite of a federal court order to delay his removal.

He arrived in Boston on January 19 to continue his studies at Northeastern University but was detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at the Boston Logan International Airport.

The 24-year-old economics student was held for secondary questioning, which is common for Iranians when entering the US through the airport, according to his lead attorney Kerry Doyle.

According to court documents and his attorneys, Dehghani went through a thorough vetting process with the US government that lasted one year before he obtained his visa. He had studied at the university for two semesters, left the US, and then was finally approved to return last week.

The student “does not pose any threat of terrorist activity and has no criminal record in any country,” his attorneys said in a court filing. “It is unclear why [Customs and Border Protection] would now decide, after conducting a full visa issuance process, that Plaintiff’s student visa should be revoked.”

According to reports Iranian nationals and Iranian Americans have been subject to heightened scrutiny at airports and border crossings across the country in recent days.

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