Preventing a diabetes researcher from entering the United States because of Iranian descent

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News ID: 56987
Publish Date: 9:37 - 18 May 2022
Wednesday, 18 May 2022 (YJC)_ Harvard Law School says it has sued the federal government on behalf of a diabetes researcher.

Preventing a diabetes researcher from entering the United States because of Iranian descentCourt documents show that the US federal government barred a Canadian researcher who was scheduled to begin his two-year fellowship at Harvard Medical School because of his Iranian descent.

The Associated Press reported Wednesday morning (Tehran time) that the Harvard Law School Asylum and Immigration Program had filed a lawsuit against the federal government on behalf of the researcher.

According to the report, the complaint referred to the researcher as "Maryam Shamlou" and emphasized that US Customs and Border Protection officers did not allow them to enter the United States because Maryam Shamlou and her husband were born in Iran. The couple are Canadian citizens with their two children.

The complaint calls on the US federal government to issue a visa to Maryam Shamloo as soon as possible so that she can begin her specialized postgraduate course with a delay of more than a year until July 6.

Maryam Shamloo said in a statement:
I have worked hard for the last 5 years to be able to use this prestigious fellowship. I was hoping to go to Harvard to increase my knowledge of treatments and meet the underlying needs of diabetes.

According to the Associated Press, the complaint names Maryam Shamloo and her children as plaintiffs in the case. His wife is not one of the plaintiffs.

A Justice Department spokesman said in an email to the Associated Press that he had no comment. The Pentagon has not responded to a request from the Associated Press for comment.

"Sabrina Ardalan," director of the immigration and asylum program at Harvard University, said:
We urge the US State Department to issue a visa to Maryam as soon as possible so that she can pursue her fellowship program and use her exceptional talents to improve our community.

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