وبلاگ نیمه فعال مهدی درباره‌ی تصویر ایران در رسانه‌های جهان
اینهم شرح ماجرا دیپورت شدن یکی از فارغ التحصیلان شریف از زبان خودش:

Eight of the graduates of SUT and their spouses and I (6 men and 3 women) were traveling by LH 454 line on­ 3rd of Aug which reached there at noon. At the first of our entrances two officers checked the passports of all the passengers, they sent me to the other o­ne who controlled my visa and checked my name by a list. He told me to stay there. Other Iranian came o­ne by o­ne and all of us gathered together. At the end four officers companied us to the visa control station. We passed the lines and four stations controlled our documents as fast as possible. They told us to go to the immigration office. When we gathered again, 5-6 officers stood around us and o­ne of them started to talk. At first, he checked if everybody can understand English and if everybody is there because of the SUTA Reunion. Then he explained that, as same as the o­nes who had arrived last night, without any known especial reason for them, all of our visas are canceled and we should go back to Iran as soon as possible. He told us each of us should do some Q&A by different officers and meanwhile they would find seats for us. He said, “I am so sorry but it is not under our control”.

They took the tags of our luggage and o­ne officer called each of us. In my case, the officer asked me some general questions about my date of birth, education, my job, my parents, citizenship, SUTA, etc. He also asked me if I have any fear from going back to Iran. Then he explained that I have two choice of application withdraw or being deported. I choose the first o­ne. They took my fingerprints and three different pictures. Then he asked me if I want to call Iranian embassy. At first I told him we don't have o­ne but then I asked him to call Algeria embassy where is the safeguarding center of the interest of Iran (“Daftar e hafez e manaf e Iran”). After 10 min, he told me his supervisor didn't let him to call there.

Then we gathered altogether again. Around 5:30, when they became sure that there is no possibility to send us home in the same day my officer called me to take my watch, money and other valuable things. When I asked why, he explained that it is not good that we stay there all the night and they would send us to some place under the custody of Immigration Office where there are beds to sleep. The other o­ne added that I should give them my ring and necklace too. I asked if I could bring my handbag. He said no. I asked about a book and my ipod. His answer was no again. I asked if you are taking us to the jail. He said no but because of your own security it is better to leave your valuable thing here. Then I asked them if it is possible to call o­ne of my friends. They let me to call her only for less than o­ne minute. I asked her to inform my family about my situation. In some cases, they asked the others to speak in English or use the speaker.

The procedure was similar for the other o­nes. Till someone told them that we are hungry and thirsty. They told us it is possible that we can write our orders and give them money to buy some food. We did the same. In this time, two other graduates of SUT traveling by United Airline came there. They were so lucky to find seats in the next flight and leave there soon. The time was passing and no o­ne gave us any more explanation. As we were so tired, around 8 p.m. we slept o­n the seats. It was so cold and inconvenient. At 9 p.m. that office was closing and they told us we should be moved to the other place inside of the airport. Two officers took us to another Immigration office in another side of the airport. There, we met another graduates of SUT, a woman who was so frighten and unconscious. She had traveled by KLM airline.

Around 10:30 two polices with lots of handcuffs and chains came there. The supervisor of that office explained for us “The o­nly available place for you to stay at night is San Jose Jail. You should go there and obey its entire rules. There is no other choice.” o­ne of the new come officers called me for the safety inspection (it was as same as the inspection of the criminals in the western films). Then she fastened my hand by handcuffs and asked her colleague about fastening my legs by chain. He said that it was not necessary. Then this procedure was repeated for all of the men. They opened my handcuffs but took the men by them. Then another police came and did the security inspection for all of the women. That time, we were four. At midnight, they took us to the special vehicles for the transportation of criminals to the jails with different barriers and metallic doors. We reached to the San Jose Jail.

At first, we passed the metal detectors and filled a form about height, weight and our clothes and another form about the controlling of the phone calls. Then the nursery called my name and asked some question about my health situation and took my blood pressure. It was a waiting room that other prisoners chained to the seats were waiting for the other steps. They sent me to the other officer. She took another picture of me and printed my fingerprint, palm print, etc and sent me to a cell. It was a 2x3 room. At the end of it, behind a short wall there was a toilet and a washbasin. There were two benches and o­n o­ne of them a black woman were slept. After 2-3 min, a white addicted woman came in. She was in a bad mood. She cried; hit her head to the wall, used the phone and screamed. After more 2-3 minutes other Iranians came o­ne by o­ne. Two more foreigners were added too. It was really a bad situation. We tried to release our stress and talked a little.

At 2:15 a.m. they called us o­ne by o­ne and attached some identity bracelet to our hands. Those showed our picture, name, o­ne I.D. number and a barcode. At 3 a.m. two non-uniformed officers called us again and asked us some questions to define our cells. They asked about, our orient, membership in gangs, if we had tried to suicide, etc. The o­ne, who talked to me, said it is apparent that you should not be here and we try to send four of you to the same cell. At 4 a.m., they called name of different prisoners, asked us to stay toward the wall and chained hands of each two people together. We told them that we should be picked up by immigrant officers in the morning and where are you taking us. The officer who was the driver too told us that we were going to the “Santa Clara County- Department of Correction” and tomorrow we should go to the court.

We stayed in a big entrance lobby. At the right hand, there were different stations for the officers. At the front, it was the dressing room containing the prison clothes, blankets and packages of toothbrush, spoon, etc. Some people with the dress of Santa Clara prison came there. Some o­ne with chained hands and foots and some people with ordinary clothes were added. When we reached there, it was so cold and dark. We didn’t know what’s going o­n. All of us were in a bad mode and frightened. We set there till around 6 a.m. They called some people who came there with us and gave them the clothes and necessary stuffs and took them somewhere else. They also changed the dress of some of the other and chained their foot and kept them there. After a long time, they called us to sign the release papers and then we became more relax that we were going out of that prison.

Around 6:45 a special car van came and two officers came in. They started with the prisoners and fastened their hands to theirs waist by chain and handcuff. Then they called us and did the same to us. They took us to the vehicle. We drove around 15 min and enter a dark, tightened tunnel. They parked and the officers went out. When we asked other o­nes, they told us we were there to pick up the men. After 30 min, the men in our group and some other o­nes with the same situation, i.e. hands chained to waist, came in. We drove a long way to reach the airport. We didn’t see any special sign but we could hear the noise of airplanes. We stayed in the car, under the hot sunshine for 30 minutes till two officers from the immigrant section came. They opened our hands and took us to the same office that we were there yesterday.

As we couldn’t even drink water, we were not fine and they brought us tea. They gave us all of our personal stuff instead of our tickets and passports. Near 11 a.m. we gave them some money and asked them to buy us some meal. Around 12, near the landing of Lufthansa plane, which contained around 15 graduates of SUT, they took us and our stuffs out of the office harshly to make it impossible for us to meet them and let them know what’s going o­n. We were in an isolated lounge for o­ne hour and then we went to check in the plane. It is worthy to mention that my return flight was from NY and I paid for the difference of the flight from SF!!!

When we were waiting, 6 lucky people from that flight came and could return with us. I should mention that the Lufthansa personnel were so kind to us and helped us to recover as soon as possible. Now, I am safe in my house and in my country.

It is a pity that it could be a memorable and joyful trip for all of us but now it is a nightmare that we want to forget it as soon as possible.


من این نوشته را از طریق ایمیل دکتر هژبری دریافت کردم. اسم نویسنده را نیاوردم چون مطمئن نبودم که بخواهد نوشته زیر اسم خودش منتشر بشود. خوب است که بقیه کسانی که تو این ماجرا به آنها جفا رفته شرح واقعه را بنویسند. همانطور که گفتم داشتن جزییات برای کسانی که بخواهند این مساله را دنبال کنند خیلی مهم است.

پ.ن. نویسنده وبلاگ پروفسورِ امور مهاجرت می‌گوید که تنها در شرایط خیلی محدودی از نظر قانونی ویزای کسی می‌تواند باطل بشود. قانونش را خودتان بخوانید واقعا این نوع باطل کردن ویزا را قانون خیلی محدود کرده‌است.
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Blogger نیکی گفت:
thank you so much for posting this.

what a sad reflection of the state of affairs when the immigration officer doesnt know that there is no iranian embassy here.(and, of course, as you know the special interest section is now in the pakistani embassy and not the algerian one).

what an awful thing to happen to these people. but you know, one thing i wondered but didnt ask is: why did they decide to have the re-union here? If there are some iranians who cant go to iran, why not hold it in dubai or turkey? why subject iranians to the humiliating, expensive, and lenghty process of getting an U.S. visa?

Anonymous Anonymous گفت:
این تیکه‌ش که فلان زن سیاه توی سلول بود زیاد جالب نیست.

Anonymous Sina گفت:
I second that Niki.I just felt so sorry for them to be treated like this.

Anonymous Kamangir گفت:
I do not agree with what you say. Please remember that we are from a terrorism-supporting country. So, technically, we are all terrorists. What do you think Iran would do to American travelers if Bush had mentioned "Iran will be attacked soon". Lets be reasonable.

Blogger نیکی گفت:
dear kamangir-

the U.S. had designated Iran a terrorist-sponsoring country long before these people requested their visa. So the U.S. could have denied them their visas from the outset instead of wasting their time and money and humiliating them in the end.

Furthermore, your claim that we are "technically" terrorist because some other country designated the government of Iran as a sponsor of terrorism makes absolutely no sense. How can you even throw around these terms before considering who is producing the lables and in what contexts they are being used?

Oh, and by the way, Bush and co. do threaten Iran on a daily basis, but we have yet to hear of Americans being detained in Mehrabad. Perhaps Iran denies their visas right away or perhaps no Americans apply for Iranian visas, either way, what Iran may or may not do is besides the point here. I cant see how you can justify this decision which in the end is going to foster bad feelings among the Iranian people.

Anonymous Kamangir گفت:
You tell me what do you call the citizens of a country with a president who is uttering hatred messages everyday. I am not a fan of George Bush but there is a very clear difference between us, Iranians, and the people from say Spain. We have to show that we are not supporting our administration. Otherwise, we are one of them. I a trying to look at the situation like how an average western citizen sees; Ahmadinejad mentions offensive comments, then "Iranians" march in the streets to support him. What do you make of all of this?
I understand that people who were caught up in this incident are angry, I would be if I was there. I am just asking all of us to be less emotional and more logical. Our country is a supporter of terrorism. America is not because they have "reasons" for that. If we think these "reasons" are not plausible and acceptable we have to talk to them and justify our argument. Lets get involved in this rational argument. What Americans do is many times not acceptable at all. But, the way we express our argument is less convincing to the world.
I am just trying to say this; it was a very sad and frustrating event but we have not had a good record, too. Lets try to deal with the world in a more rational way. To my understanding while there is one American flag burning in Tehran we have no "right" to demand for benefits from Americans.

Blogger نیکی گفت:
Kamangir-

I dont think we will reach an agreement on this.

Let me ask you something, the U.S. is a democracy right? the U.S. went to an illegal war against iraq on false basis, destroyed the country, and the people of the U.S. re-elected Bush. Just as the people of U.K. re-elected Blair. Many in the middle east, think that that is grounds for holding every U.S. and U.K citizen responsible, and have in fact used that reasoning to justify the murder of U.S. or U.K. civilians (this was the case, for example, in the kidnapping and murder of american peace activist tom fox in Iraq). Do you agree with their reasoning?

Why, then, do you agree that it is ok to punish and humiliate iranians?

I dont mean to condescend to you, because you seem like a perfectly intelligent person, but there is a certain kind of reactionary self-hatred that i've noticed in iranians who have recently left iran. but fortunately, they tend to grow out of it, and i hope you do too.

Anonymous Kamangir گفت:
I do think that we can understand each other. We can also talk and at least get friends. :)
Lets look at the problem from a broader perspective. Iranians and Americans, and their governments, are inhabitants of the same earth at the same time frame. We have two ways. One, we can find points to show that we are apart from each other and that we have the justification for hating, and probably killing, each other. Two, we can look at the common points that we have. Lets start from ourselves. We have not been good citizens for the world. While we have this atmosphere of hatred in our country I can not blame Americans for what they do to Iranians.
The example you mentioned, Tom Fox?, is a very good one. Looking at single incidents we can very easily find the reason for showing that Americans are a bunch murderers. The problem is that they have their own reasons, too. Never forget that we took hostage their embassy crew and that they attacked us directly in many incidents, including our Air Bus. So, we have a reputation of negative relationships. By complaining we only find new reasons.
It is not OK to punish and humiliate any one in the world. But, sometimes the solution is not the obvious complaining and blaming game.
Hey! Did I attack you personally? We are talking! If you can not accept opposite sentences from someone from your own country how are you willing to talk to the world? Chakerim. :)

Blogger مهدی گفت:
نیکی،
در جواب سوالت که آیا نمی‌توانست گردهمایی جای دیگری باشد باید بگویم که سالهای قبل جای دیگری بود. چون که تعداد فارغ التحصیلان شریف در کالیفرنیا بعد از تهران از هرجای دیگر دنیا بیشتر است طبیعی بود که یک بارهم اینجا باشد. و این تصمیم دوسال پیش گرفته شده بود و خیلی ساده نبود که برنامه را براحتی عوض کنند.

Anonymous mehrdad گفت:
I'm realy sorry about the situation of this group of Iranian. But I should say something to clarify the problem and before that, I should say that US despite of our country, is a country based rules and all the officers in every departments want (at least want or show) to do that rules. So unfortunatly I should say that the officer that fill the forms for your case and have appointment with you maybe don't know where is your country and what is the current relation between two countries.
What tookplace to these Iranian is a bit different to what they infer from the situation. They took a visa to have permission to come to any port of entry of US. State departmet ("moadel vezarat kharejeh") is responsible for that. And for example any UK or German sitizens don't need to take that. But in the port of entry, department of home land security ("moadel vezarat keshvar") decide that could you enter to US or could not? And the officer in this part don't decide about your case. He/she just fill the forms and interview with you. you have two chances in this situation (when officer guessed you don't fulfill specifications to enter US) : you could withdrow your request for entering to US (I think all selected this option) or you should wait that a judiciary court decide about your situation (may take some days. but if judge decide to deport you, you won't allow to request for any kind of visa till 5 years (and it's the reason most people choose first option) That's it.
So I think there is no revoke in visa because in this situation there is an imidiate deportation by department of state officer and there is no other option (so home land security don't decide about you). and in this case all iranian visa should be revoced and be deported (that isn't true, and some iranian could enter to us)
And in the end I think the problem comes from that we are not familiar with the US rules (and I'm not too, but because of personal experience :( I search for some information one years ago). So I'm sorry for all but the visa was stablished for participation in reunion and not for honey moon or some odd things we hear these days and the officer in home land security office should be convinced that: 1. you come for the purpose you mentioned in application for visa (and no other purposes) 2. you certainly leave US afterward.

Anonymous Saman Moghimi گفت:
Kamabgir-e Aziz,

To my mind, in our same frame that you mentioned, it is just the power that determins who is terrorist and who is not. I am sure if Lebenaon was a super power, then Israili government was the main terrorist of the world. I mean, if you are thinking ligically, come out of this frame, maybe Sun is a better refrence frame!!

It is natural that US government do such things and most of other countries don't. Because if Iran does such a "horrible" thing to "US citizens", (whose bloods are much more coloury than ours!!!0 then foe a few days all the mass media in the would would focus on it and claim: "We had told you before, hadn't we? they are irrational terroristt!!".

When mass media is like this, it doesn't matter if you are pro or against these things.

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