April 7, 2017

The Arab American News: Iranian College Student Detained by ICE for Unknown Reasons

On April 5, The National Iranian American Council released a statement addressing Fard-Hajian’s detainment. “It is impossible for us to simply write-off all of these events as mere coincidence or misunderstanding in the current climate,” the statement said. “The recent spate of official policies and actions – beginning with President Trump’s first executive order to bar entry for Iranians and nationals of six other countries – are deeply troubling. Coupled with recent incidents of hate directed at Iranians and persons of Middle Eastern descent, including recent reports of graffiti targeting Iranians in Portland and San Francisco, a disturbing trend is emerging.”

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