U.S. de­nies en­try to Ira­nian com­ing to work at hos­pi­tal

Northwest Arkansas Democrat-Gazette - - NEWS -

BOS­TON — An Ira­nian can­cer re­searcher who was de­tained at Bos­ton’s Lo­gan In­ter­na­tional Air­port has been sent back to his home coun­try.

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

Dehnavi was ar­riv­ing in the U. S. to start work at a prom­i­nent Bos­ton hos­pi­tal.

Bos­ton Chil­dren’s Hos­pi­tal said in a state­ment ear­lier Tues­day that Dehnavi was pre­vented from en­ter­ing the coun­try with his wife and three young chil­dren de­spite hold­ing a J-1 visa for vis­it­ing schol­ars. They ar­rived at the air­port Mon­day.

The hos­pi­tal said the rea­sons for the de­ten­tion were un­clear.

“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 U.S.,” hos­pi­tal spokesman Rob Gra­ham said in the state­ment. “The hos­pi­tal is com­mit­ted to do­ing its ut­most to sup­port Dr. Dehnavi and his fam­ily.”

Malin said the Dehnavi fam­ily’s de­ten­tion was for “rea­sons un­re­lated” to Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump’s ex­ec­u­tive or­der on trav­el­ers from six pre­dom­i­nantly Mus­lim coun­tries. She said the stop was based on in­for­ma­tion dis­cov­ered dur­ing the agency’s re­view. She didn’t elab­o­rate.

But Malin noted that visa ap­pli­cants “bear the bur­den of proof” to meet all re­quire­ments and can be de­nied en­try for a range of rea­sons, in­clud­ing health-re­lated is­sues, crim­i­nal­ity or se­cu­rity con­cerns.

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