By Farzad Naeim and Najmedin Meshkati
Source: Sharif University of Technology Association
What is the problem? Administration's words and acts sometimes conflict each other in such a confusing and embarrassing manner that you wonder whether you are dealing with a government based in
A recent example is sufficient to drive this point home. This Saturday and Sunday the worldwide reunion of the alumni of one of the most prestigious engineering universities of
Despite all the nice rhetoric and words by the Administration, many of these legitimate reunion attendees have been denied entrance to the United states at the their port of entry (Los Angeles, San Francisco, and New York, for example) and returned back to Iran because the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), which is a bureau of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), officials claimed that the visas issued to them have been since canceled! If nothing else, this makes the response of Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), which by the way is also under the DHS, to Katrina hurricane smell like a rose bouquet. This has gone so far that the organizers of the reunion have been frantically issuing e-mails to potential attendees from Iran to change course and go back home before embarking towards the United States in order to avoid the humility of being denied arrival following their 18 hour flight.
Why do we have to make enemies out of our friends whose backgrounds have been thoroughly scrutinized and have been vetted for entering this country? Is this a way to win the "hearts and minds" of Iranians? Giving the benefit of the doubt to the President, whose words of respect "speak directly to the citizens of
Farzad Naeim, a California licensed structural engineer and attorney, is Vice President and General Counsel for John A. Martin and Associates, one of the largest U.S. structural engineering consulting firms. He is an alumni of the
Najmedin Meshkati is a professor at the Viterbi School of Engineering at the University of Southern California (USC). He is an alumni of the Sharif University of Technology and USC.
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