Iranian-American Organizations File Amicus Brief In Supreme Court Travel Ban Case
Press Release by PARS Equality Center
Washington, D.C. (March 30, 2018) - PARS Equality Center, The
Iranian American Bar Association (IABA), and the Public Affairs Alliance of Iranian Americans (PAAIA) have filed an amicus ('friend of the court") brief with the United
States Supreme Court in support of the challenge to the Trump administration's
third travel ban.
Using statistical and anecdotal evidence, the brief shows that the waiver system
constructed by the third travel ban is a separate and inherently unequal
alternative to the visa process. The extremely high visa rejection rate under
the third travel ban has inflicted hardship on countless individuals, including
many U.S. citizens and other individuals with bona fide relationships to the
Between the time that the Supreme Court ordered that the third travel ban could
go into effect on December 4, 2017, and February 15, 2018, only two waivers
had been approved. The government's implementation of the waiver system confirms
that the third travel ban is motivated by a discriminatory purpose.
The following is a handful of many more stories included in the brief:
- Jane Doe #1, a dual citizen of the United States and Iran, petitioned for an
immigrant visa on behalf of her fiance, an Iranian citizen, in 2016. Not
long thereafter, Jane Doe #1's fiance suffered serious injuries in an
automobile accident and lost his right leg at the knee. Since his injury,
Jane Doe #1's fiance has been unemployed and forced to live with his mother
because Iran lacks any systematic accommodations for disabled persons. As a
result of the third travel ban, the couple has been separated and forced to
postpone their marriage indefinitely.
- John Doe #1 is a U.S. citizen and assistant professor at a U.S. public
university. His wife, also an assistant professor at a U.S. public
university, is an Iranian citizen and a lawful permanent resident of the
United States. John Doe #10 hoped his parents-in-law could come to the
United States for the birth of his daughter (their only grandchild) and to
help care for his wife and newborn child. Their visas were denied and their
request for a waiver was dismissed.
- Hamed Rostamkhani and his wife are lawful permanent residents of the United
States and citizens of Iran. Mr. Rostamkhani's work focuses on assessing
natural hazards and their effects on coastal communities and infrastructure
in the United States. Mr. Rostamkhani's parents applied for a visa to so
that they could visit him and their grandchildren. Their visas were denied
and they were not granted a waiver, even though Mr. Rostamkhani and his
parents were never advised of the opportunity to provide information
regarding whether they were eligible for a waiver.
The Iranian-American organizations remain committed to protecting the civil
liberties of Iranian Americans and are hopeful that the Supreme Court will
ultimately block this unjust and discriminatory policy.
The three organizations along with over 25 individual plaintiffs are challenging
President Trump's latest iteration of the travel and refugee bans in federal
court in Washington, DC.
The amicus brief, along with other information about the Washington, DC lawsuit,
can be found at www.endthetravelban.com
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