Despite a federal judge’s order that his removal from the United States should be delayed, an Iranian student, Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi, was deported on January 21, 2020. The Northwestern student attempted to return to the U.S. with a student visa when he was detained by Customs and Border Protection (CBP) at Logan Airport in Boston, MA.
American Civil Liberties Union of Massachusetts and other attorneys on Abadi’s behalf filed an emergency suite and U.S. District Judge Allison D. Burroughs issued an order delaying the student’s deportation for 48 hours. About an hour after the order was issues Abadhi was put on a plane bound for France.
Abadi’s legal team will file a motion that seeks to force the government to explain why it defied the judge’s instructions and deported Abadi.
According to the ACLU, at least ten students have been returned to Iran after landing in the U.S. Seven of the ten students flew into Logan Airport in Boston, MA.