Trump bars Iranian officials and their families from entering US
President Trump issued an order to the State Department on Wednesday to bar Iranian officials and their family members from entering the United States.
The order, which was published in White House website on Wednesday, repeats US accusation against the Islamic Republic, that Iran sponsors terrorism, arbitrarily detains American citizens, threatens its neighbors and carries out destructive cyber attacks.
The president’s proclamation does not include refugees or people who already have Green Cards in the United States. It also does not include people whose entrance is in the interest of the United States.
“Given that this behavior threatens peace and stability in the Middle East and beyond, I have determined that it is in the interest of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of senior government officials of Iran, and their immediate family members,” the president’s proclamation states.
In recent months, the issue of the families of Islamic Republic officials living in the United States had been brought up several times. IN December of last year, the family members of Americans incarcerated by the Islamic Republic asked the president to bar the families of Islamic Republic officials from entering the country.
Secretary Pompeo also said in January: “Those who are destroying the lives of Iranian people, are sending their own children abroad. They steal Iranian people’s money and send their own children abroad to study, shop, and enjoy the freedoms that we have in the United States which they deny the Iranian people.”
The daughter of Ali Larijani, the speaker of the parliament, daughter of Masoumeh Ebtekar, advisor to the president and one of the hostage-takers of US embassy after the Islamic Revolution, grandson of Mohammad Yazdi, the chairman of supreme council of seminaries and member of Guardian Council, and many other family members of Islamic Republic officials are either citizens of the United States or currently reside there.
There is no official data on the number of the family members of the Islamic Republic officials who live abroad, but according to one Iranian official, there are at least 3000 Iranian students abroad who are the children of Iranian officials, and most of them reside in the United States. A lot more live abroad for other reasons than education.