'They treated me like a terrorist': the vetted Iranians blocked from the US

The Guardian

A growing number of students are being deported upon arrival in the US, despite having gone through an intense approval process Mohammad Elmi was on his way to fulfill a lifelong dream. On 13 December 2019, the 31-year-old Iranian boarded a flight to Los Angeles to join his wife in the United States and start a PhD program at the University of California, Santa Barbara. Sixty-five hours later, he was back in the Iranian capital Tehran, refused entry to the United States by immigration officers at the airport. In Iran, Elmi had helped design the country’s first portable electrocardiogram …

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