Iranian Student Deported From Boston Despite Court Order; Federal Judge Dismisses Case

January 21, 2020 Updated Jan 21, 2020 11:02 AM

Boston's federal courthouse (Jesse Costa/WBUR)

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials at Logan International Airport denied entry to an Iranian national who was set to study economics this spring at Northeastern University. Despite a federal court order to delay the man's removal, CBP placed him on a plane Monday night.

Kerry Doyle, an attorney for Mohammad Shahab Dehghani Hossein Abadi, said the 24-year-old was traveling to the U.S. with a valid F1 student visa before he was held for secondary questioning by CBP at the Boston airport.

Agency officials, Doyle said, ultimately ordered Abadi removed from the U.S. without allowing him access to his lawyer or providing details about their decision.

A federal judge in Boston issued an emergency stay Monday night, stating Abadi's removal should be delayed for two days and scheduling a hearing in Boston federal court Tuesday. Despite this, Doyle said her client was removed.