Wednesday, May 5, 2021
News + Politics SFO: UPDATE: Reunited with his family and allowed to...

SFO: UPDATE: Reunited with his family and allowed to stay. Iranian man being deported as family remains in limbo

-

Update: He was released after family was initially informed that he’d been detained. The family is reuniting after six years: “I’m so happy my bother is with us, I’m so relieved. I can’t tell you how happy I am”
An Iranian man who landed in San Francisco early yesterday morning is now scheduled to be deported, his brother said. 

The Iranian family isn’t Muslim and fears persecution. Their names have been withheld upon request.

After landing at SFO, he was taken to a detention center where he spent the night awaiting legal intervention: “We were hoping that we would get a hearing on Monday and get this resolved but we just heard that he’s being taken to San Francisco airport for reason unknown,”  the man’s brother said.

The family hasn’t met in six years and were hoping to be reunited in the US. They are now fearful of their identity being disclosed and family facing possible persecution in Iran. 

Despite hearing that he might be deported the family is still at San Francisco airport with their attorney hoping for a way out: “We are still here, we are still waiting. We were really hoping for this reunion.” 

The mother, who is a US citizen, broke down yesterday as she heard her son had been taken to a detention center. As of now the family remains in limbo and are worried for the safety and security of their son and brother who is being deported. 

Sana Saleem
Sana Saleem is a writer with a focus on social justice and human stories. She's member board of advisory for the Courage Foundation, Edward Snowden's legal defense fund.

6 COMMENTS

  1. Thank you so much for the full story. I’m glad it had a happy ending. I’m an optimistic person and believe in happy endings despite messy administrative snafus and red tape. I hope the worst is over for legal entry and green-card holders. I so appreciate that you followed this emotional story (which was used very negatively in an interchange I had with friends over the ban) to it’s good conclusion.

  2. Me too, Janet. I was researching this right now. If I get an answer, I’ll loop back here and let you know.

  3. I hope this isn’t the same family of the crying gentleman on YouTube whose brother was being deported, as certainly now everyone knows his identity after that video made the rounds. I’m trying to find out what happened to THAT brother.

  4. Does this mean that he was granted entry to the United States, despite the initial report that he was being deported to Iran after detention?

Comments are closed.

More by this author

Garcia Zarate gets time served — but won’t go free

Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, the undocumented homeless man whose trial became a national issue, was sentenced to three years in prison on Friday in the death...

Firearms expert says Steinle killing fits pattern of an accident

The bullet that killed Kate Steinle fit the pattern of an accidental discharge, a firearms expert testified today in the murder trial of Jose Ines Garcia...

Zarate looked confused, disoriented during police interrogation

It was confusing, often contradictory, as the jurors today heard the interrogation of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate, an undocumented homeless man accused of killing...

The Steinle crime scene: The gun, the shirt ….

San Francisco police Officer Scott Hurley is trained to discover evidence or explosives suspected to be underwater. But on July 2nd, as he felt through...

Zarate: Intentional killer — or confused and mentally ill?

The prosecution in the trial of Jose Ines Garcia Zarate tried to set the stage for the day Kate Steinle was killed, presenting witnesses...

Most read

Tom Ammiano gets his high school varsity letter — with ESPN filming

Special sports segment will focus on a five-minute miler in 1958 who was "'too gay' to get his letter -- and an overdue apology 63 years later.

The future of City College is on the line — and it’s going to be up to us

For now, local funding is the only way to prevent the devastation of one of SF's most important institutions.

Arts Forecast: Holy smokes, I went to a show. And ate inside a restaurant!

Sidewalk drag and classic cioppino as SF prepares to enter the yellow tier. Plus: events you can attend! (If you're ready)

Good Taste: It’s-It Minis, Double Double sushi, and Indigenous energy bars

Plus: MoAD chef Bryant Terry’s new food book imprint and a needed Grocery Outlet opens in Bayview

You might also likeRELATED