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Deportation of Iranian Brothers Halted

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    ADC Helps Stop Deportation of Iranian Brothers Two Iranian brothers contacted the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC) on June 16. Upon learning
    Message 1 of 1 , Jul 5, 2004
      ADC Helps Stop Deportation of Iranian Brothers

      Two Iranian brothers contacted the American-Arab Anti-Discrimination
      Committee (ADC) on June 16. Upon learning and examining the details
      of their case, ADC intervened and successfully halted deportation
      proceedings against the brothers who had come to the US in 1993 to
      seek medical treatment for the younger brother. ADC would like to
      express its gratitude to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement
      (ICE) which, on July 1, issued administrative stays of removal for
      the brothers. This "administrative stay" enables the pair to remain
      in the US for another year while they pursue other legal and medical

      The younger brother is a 21-year-old Iranian citizen who was granted
      permission by the Iranian government to travel to the US for
      diagnosis and treatment of deteriorating bone and eye conditions. The
      brothers were accompanied from Iran with their mother and father.
      The brothers and their mother have applied for permanent residency
      through the Life Act (a family reunification program), however due to
      a backlog in the system, their application is still pending.

      The brothers went to the Immigration office in Maryland in order to
      voluntarily comply with the now suspended "special call-in
      registration" program. Consequently, they were put in deportation
      proceedings. They also applied for a differed action. However, they
      did not receive any information regarding their status on the
      differed action application. Since the older brother is responsible
      for the younger brother, the immigration court allowed their cases
      to be tied together during the court hearings. The brothers were
      ordered to leave the country by July 10, 2004.

      On June 17, 2004, ADC raised a humanitarian appeal to ICE
      headquarters in Washington, DC. ICE contacted ADC on June 21, 2004
      stating that ADC's request was sent for review to the ICE Field
      Operations Center in Maryland. On July 1, 2004, ICE informed ADC it
      issued administrative stays of removal for both of the brothers.

      The younger brother suffers from two severe bone and eye conditions.
      He is currently being treated by a team of experts at the National
      Institutes of Health (NIH) who hope to improve his condition and
      reduce his constant pain. According to a letter from NIH
      doctors "there is no chance that he will be able to receive the
      quality of care that he needs for his eye in Iran." Two doctors
      from the Department of Health and Human Services have also written
      that "[t]here is no treatment for this condition in Iran; proper
      diagnosis was only possible in this country…[d]epriving [him] of the
      medical treatment and care that he is receiving now will only be
      fatal…[I]t is imperative that he remains here in the United States
      where he can receive the only treatment for his condition."

      His bones break with the slightest activity because he suffers from a
      severe form of a collagen disorder. His condition is similar to
      osteognesis imperfecta, however, it is more severe and presents
      additional complications. Not only are his bone fractures extremely
      painful, he has had spontaneous fractures from merely coughing or
      sneezing. He has been treated more than 30 times for fractures in
      his legs, ribs, back and hands.

      He also suffers from a very rare and complex eye disease. His left
      eye is currently blind due to severe scarring of the cornea following
      a corneal rupture, and also optic nerve damage due to acute glaucoma
      in the past. The right eye has also suffered visual loss due to
      significant thinning of the cornea and irregular astigmatism, which
      is uncorrectable with glasses. Due to this thinning in his right
      eye, the NIH has decided to perform a cornea transplant in that eye
      on an urgent basis particularly before the thinning progresses to the
      point of rupture similar to what happened to the left eye. His
      surgery is scheduled to take place in two stages, the first in July
      and the second in early September.

      Following the transplant, he will require 1-2 hospital visits per
      week for the first few weeks then every 1-2 weeks for the next 3
      months then monthly thereafter. He will also be on extra medications
      to suppress his immune system and therefore will require close
      monitoring of his medical status.

      A doctor from NIH mentioned in an earlier letter "that most
      physicians who are experienced in the management of patients with
      osteogenesis imperfecta will agree that if a patient like [him] loses
      his vision in his only good eye, it will be equivalent to a death
      sentence. This is because his risk of fractures will be infinitely
      higher if he can no longer depend on his vision to navigate and avoid
      running into objects. He will undoubtedly experience recurrent
      fractures and ultimately succumb to one of them."

      American-Arab Anti-Discrimination Committee (ADC)
      4201 Connecticut Ave. NW, Suite 300 Washington, DC 20008
      tel: (202) 244-2990, fax: (202) 244-3196



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