Three Iranian Americans Freed at Lindbergh Field

Jan 30, 2017 (San Diego) When we asked airport officials last night if anybody had been detained at the airport. and they said not at this time, they were truthful. However, there were three Iranian-Americans who had legal status in the United States who were detained by border protection and allowed to leave before the demonstration.

We can expect these statements in the future.

According to Michael J Buell who stayed for the full demonstration, and is a local freelancer:

They were detatained for at least 2 hours, if not 3+ as confirmed by the Executive Director of the San Diego Chapter of the ACLU last night. 3 Iranian’s with legal status in the United States were detained and questioned. They were released 20 minutes before her arrival at the protest and the family has their own attorney. It will be in the final Nadin. The ACLU director also provides a special number the San Diego chapter has established to deal specifically with foreign nationals at the border or airport. A crisis line with direct access to lawyers and only for this specific issue.

The American Civil Liberties Union also now has an emergency line in case you should need help, and we are posting their tweet on this.

ATTENTION IMMIGRANTS & REFUGEES! Remember YOU HAVE RIGHTS. If you are denied entry or detained by CBP, contact us.

Edited to add Congresswoman Susan Davis’s statement:

WASHINGTON – In a letter to Customs and Border Protection (CBP), Congresswoman Susan Davis (D-San Diego) requested information on any people with visas or Lawful Permanent Resident LPR) status who might be detained at San Diego International Airport. Davis also called for them to be released from CBP custody and that they be allowed access to attorneys.

“People who have been lawfully vetted and granted legal status are being detained illegally as a result of the president’s unconstitutional executive order,” said Davis. “We need to know who they are and they need to be released immediately and granted access to lawyers. This order is striking fear into families who have legal status and have done nothing wrong. This should never happen in America and the White House should immediately rescind this executive order.”

The letter sent to CBP Acting Commissioner Kevin McAleenan asks for clarification of how the executive order is being implemented and how it pertains to current visa holders seeking entry into the United States, visa applicants, LPRs, dual citizens, United States citizens and any other individuals from the seven designated countries in the Executive Order

In the letter that she sent to Customs and Border Protection. she said: “It has come to my attention that some of my constituents with visas and some with Lawful Permanent Residences (LPR) status might be detained at San Diego International Airport and denied entry into the United States as a result of the Executive Order issued by President Trump issued on Jan 27, 2017.”

It is important that those affected by this order, avail themselves of all legal means available to them.


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