Tuesday, July 11, 2017

Iranian cancer researcher denied entry to the USA

An Iranian scientist coming to the U.S. to aid cancer research was detained at Boston’s Logan International Airport with his family on Monday and will be sent home on the next scheduled flight.
It’s unclear why the scientist, Seyed Dehnavi, his wife, and their three young children were detained. He has a J-1 visa, which means President Donald Trump’s travel ban would not apply to him, and he was set to conduct research at Boston Children’s Hospital.
Before traveling to the U.S., Dehnavi had asked Harvard University, which is affiliated with Boston Children’s Hospital, whether Trump’s travel ban would affect him. The Supreme Court allowed pieces of the ban to go into effect last month. Harvard told Dehnavi the president’s order would have no impact on him, his friend said.Boston Children’s spokesman Rob Graham said in an email that the hospital “hopes that this situation will be quickly resolved and Dr. Dehnavi and his family will be released and allowed to enter the U.S.” To read the  full story, click here.

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