Iranian students, whose removal spurred The outcry has family ties to the IRGC, Hezbollah: DHS official

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An Iranian student who was denied entry into the United States at the time of arrival and deported this week, in the midst of objections from top Democrats and left-wing activists, family connections to the Iranian revolutionary guards and the Lebanon-based terror group Hezbollah, a Department of Homeland Security official told Fox News.

Mohammad Shahab Hossein Dehghani, has refused to put immigration in the United States, on Sunday, when he arrived on a student visa at the Boston Logan International Airport.

His arrest sparked outrage from activists who flooded the airport to demand his release. It also dismissed objections from Northeastern University, where Dehghani was due to enrolled, and the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU).


“Shahab Dehghani is an Iranian student with a valid F1 visa to return to the end of his training. CBP already kept him over night,” Sen. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass. tweeted. “His deportation must be stopped, and we must in the fight against the Trump administration’s xenophobic policy.”

A Massachusetts district court judge granted Dehghani a stay from deportation, but Customs and Border Protection (CBP) deported him minutes later, a DHS official told Fox News on Wednesday that he had already been on the plane, if the stay was granted.


In a statement Wednesday, the CBP said that “the issuance of a visa … does not guarantee entry into the United States” and said that Dehghani “had been regarded as inadmissible and processed for expedited removal and returned to his place of departure.

“During today’s hearing, the court decided that the case was controversial as the topic never approved in the United States, the subject is in custody, and the court has no jurisdiction to order its return,” the statement.

CBP spokesman said the Agency did not discuss the freedom of the individual case due to the Privacy Act, but noted that “CBP officers are charged with enforcing not only immigration and customs laws, but they also enforce over 400 laws for 40 other agencies and have stopped thousands of violations of U.S. law. “


The outrage from that the deportation was intense, both from activists and Democrats. Warren, along with other Massachusetts Democrats, Sen. Ed Markey and Rep. Ayanna Pressley, wrote an angry letter Thursday to Acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan dismay over what they described as a “pattern” of the officials, the targeting of Iranian students for additional inspections, especially the Dehghani case.

Demonstrators stand outside the federal courthouse where a hearing of the Northeastern University student Shahab Dehghani, Tuesday, Jan it was planned. 21, 2020, in Boston. Dehghani came on a flight in Boston on Monday but was arrested by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol at the Logan International airport and then deported. (AP Photo/Philip Marcelo)

The letter blasted unheard of CBP “” actions in the Dehghani matter, in particular, that he was deported minutes after the stay was issued: “it is shameful, it is irresponsible and totally unacceptable.”

But the DHS official, in an interview with Fox News, said that the case was more complicated than some people were, and that there are legitimate reasons for the rejection of Dehghani. Specifically, the officials told Fox News that the Dehghani family killed connections to the Iranian revolutionary guard of the Gen. Qassem Soleimani, recently, in a controversial US strikes, was a member and terror group Hezbollah. That the claim, first reported by WBUR News is focused on his family, the Association with companies sanctioned by the U.S. for his terrorist gang.

The company was sanctioned by the Obama administration in 2010, when the Treasury Department identified the company as some are already in use by the Iranian revolutionary guard to support terrorist activities outside of Iran, namely in the support of Hezbollah.

Mohammad Shahab Hossein Dehghani

The DHS official also said there was information that Dehghani had recently in Iraq. There was no information on what Dehghani believed here. Meanwhile, an official of The New York Times said, Dehghani, the administrator of a YouTube channel called “Islamic pulse”, in the reprisals against the United States for Soleimani’s death was.

For many, such relationships would be a slam-dunk for refusing a foreigner entry into the U.S., especially given the ongoing concerns about retaliation for attacks from Iran, as well as the concern about sleeper agents from groups such as Hezbollah, which in the United States Last month, Lebanese-born Ali Kourani was sentenced to 40 years in prison for his work as an operative for the Islamic Jihad, the organization — the Hezbollah-attack-planning component. Officials said Kourani, who came to the United States in the year 2003, had carried out the supervision of the infrastructure, the airports and even in day-care centers in New York City in preparation for possible attacks.


But democratic lawmakers were undeterred by the concerns about the Dehghani. In your letter, Pressley, Warren and Markey brushed off the claims with the argument that it is reported, although “familial” connections” to terrorist groups, there is no alleged connection with Dehghani yourself, and you note that he underwent in the background and security checks as part of the visa process.

“Yet these allegations have the deportation of Mr Dehghani to justify in violation of a stay of the removal of a Federal judge,” the letter form says. He also notes that, Dehghani lawyers have the claims against Dehghani unfounded.

“I find it really difficult to believe that something that obviously slipped by the Department of State for a year,” Kerry Doyle, one of the lawyers, told the Times. Doyle did not return a request for comment from Fox News.


The DHS official noted to Fox News that Dehghani had not only the entry into the United States was denied, but the officials had taken the extra step to resist Dehghani visa call, rather than voluntary, registration to withdraw. The official said that the move of the bars Dehghani from another visa for five years, is an indication of the seriousness with which the connections were handled by the CBP officials.

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