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article imageIranian man barred from U.S. under travel ban returns

By Arthur Weinreb     Feb 3, 2017 in World
Los Angeles - An Iranian man who arrived in the U.S. on Jan. 27 and then sent back to Iran, landed at LAX yesterday. Ali Vayeghan became the first person from a country banned under the travel ban to be admitted into the United States.
Vayeghan was reunited with family members after he arrived at Los Angeles International Airport yesterday afternoon. The 52-year-old Iranian shopkeeper was also met by a crowd of well-wishers including Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti. Garcetti said, "Today isn't just about laws. it's about love." Vayeghan was presented with flowers and the crowd sang This Land is Your Land as they welcomed him to America.
Vayeghan’s wife and son live in Indiana and he has other relatives in the Los Angeles area.
A decade after he first applied, Vayeghan obtained a valid immigrant visa in October 2016. He initially landed at LAX around 7 p.m. last Friday, just hours after President Trump signed the executive order banning among others, Iranian citizens from immigrating to the U.S. for a period of 90 days.
Vayeghan was detained upon his arrival. His brother Hossein Vayghan and niece Marjan Vayghan (they spell their surnames differently) waited for their relative to clear immigration and customs before going home at 3 a.m. While detained, Vayeghan said he signed a paper rescinding his Green Card. He was told if he did not do so, he could never return to the United States.
Around 3 p.m. Saturday, Vayeghan was put on a plane to Dubai where he was detained until he could be put sent back to Tehran.
Saturday morning his brother and niece returned to the airport where thousands had gathered to protest Trump’s executive order. They came into contact with lawyers from the ACLU who agreed to launch a court action to have Vayeghan returned to the United States.
On Sunday afternoon, Judge Dolly Gee of the Federal District Court of Central California, granted the ACLU’s emergency application and ordered Vayeghan returned to the U.S. on his valid visa. The order was one of several issued by judges to prevent removal of or require return of persons who had valid visas but were not allowed to enter the United States.
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Peter Bribring, an ACLU lawyer representing Vayaghan, said, "This was a case for one person but people across the country suffered similar treatment. It demonstrates that the valid visa holders who were removed this weekend should be returned."
Vayeghan told the media he had not seen his son in 12 years nor lived in the same place as his brother in 30. The family also thanked all those who supported and helped with Vayeghan's return.
Vayeghan plans to work in his brother's plumbing and construction company.
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