1. gerry says

    I’m sick of people like the two Michigan lawmakers who act like we live in a vacuum. From their words, I can see them sending back Jews to Nazi Germany because “‘Americans cannot be accountable for the type of government other countries have, nor should we be responsible for it. So the fact an individual comes here because they choose a specific lifestyle that is illegal in their own country doesn’t necessarily mean they should get amnesty here.”

  2. TommyOC says

    I don’t want Mohammad to be sent back to Iran to face persecution, prosecution, or execution. It’s sick that he would have to face such things simply for being born in the wrong country.

    That said… if you’re a fucking undocumented resident, here illegally, you DON’T GO POSTING YOUR FACE ON YOUTUBE!! And you sure as hell don’t get arrested while protesting in a Senator’s office!

    And this goes doubly so for someone who KNOWS that his deportation – which is totally within the right of the U.S. Government to do – could end up with his imprisonment when he gets home… or worse.

    Seriously… what was this kid thinking? Who told him that the United States was the place where if you were stubborn enough, and were flagrant enough, you could get your way? Sorry, but it just doesn’t always work like that.

  3. r says

    Huh. Human rights in other countries have long been considered America’s problem. One might argue that they’re our problem as human beings, not Americans or Iranians. Shipping this lad back to certain persecution doesn’t trouble this legislator’s conscience, but you know what? It really should.

  4. JAMES in Toronto says

    A rather narrow viewpoint as the first comment, IMO.

    My only thought on reading this piece was that it’s unconscionable to knowingly send someone into danger when you can exercise compassion and avoid doing so.

    About the only part of “religion” that I adhere to is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”

  5. Leto says

    I feel very sorry for this guy and hope he is not deported, but he was a total dumb-ass for going to a sit-in at a Senator’s office. He should have realized he was going to be arrested and possibly deported. However, he will be treated much better here than in Iran. The fact of the matter is he is here illegally even if he was brought here at age three without his consent. The US has every right to enforce its immigration policy, just like every other country in the world.

  6. busytimmy says

    James in Toronto, I can’t just move to Canada, set up shop and then cry that the immigration laws of Canada should not apply to me. Can I come stay for free in your home? Use your social services? Go to your schools? What if I do some cheap labor for you? You can pay me cash……..

  7. says

    He’s been here since he was 3 years old. Exactly how did he “come here because [he] chose a specific lifestyle that is illegal in [his] own country”? He’s being deported as an adult to a totalitarian regime that will likely hang him in the square for who he is. Any respectable democracy that is at all concerned about human rights would provide him with asylum instantly. If the US doesn’t then they really should scratch that poem off of that statue in New York harbor.

    “Give me your tired, your poor,

    Your huddled masses yearning to breathe free,

    The wretched refuse of your teeming shore.

    Send these, the homeless, tempest-tost to me,

    I lift my lamp beside the golden door!”

  8. jakeinlove says

    I can’t say this was not the smartest move on their parts. None of them are in the position to be indignant about being here illegally – regardless of their situations and that they are not causing problems good while they’re here.

  9. AJD says

    James in Toronto wrote: “About the only part of “religion” that I adhere to is “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.””

    Luckily, that’s a concept found across cultures, not just in religions. That being said, maybe we should put that into practice and send that Meltzer lady to China, Saudi Arabia or some other country where they just love evangelical Christians…

    Milkman: You’re correct, but that’s not the kind of democracy we are. We only care about human rights when they affect people who are straight, white and Christian. But a gay Iranian? Who cares?

  10. Josh says

    I can’t believe all the racist comments on this thread.

    Aren’t we suppose to be the tolerant, accepting, and enlightening ones.

    Some of you sound just like the right wingers who hate us.

  11. says

    AJD that analysis of our current social malaise is regrettably true. But that doesn’t change the fact that this person needs some help dealing with this. His being in the US illegally is due to no fault of his own. That should count for something.

  12. Albert says

    Josh, you shouldn’t be shocked by the comments. Gay folks reflect the society at large in various ways, so there are racists also in our midst. Too often people are anti-immigrant (legal and illegal) until they fall in love with one. In this case, this guy has been in this country since 3, not by his own choice. He’s had keep a low profile up till now, is educated here, and really is one of us without carrying the passport. It may not have been prudent to go “public” when you don’t have legal status, but there are a lot of high school and college students in his position who are raised here and tired of living in the shadows. That’s why Congress needs to move on the DREAM Act. Those politicians in MI are ignorant and clearly only have a selective knowledge of our country’s and world history regarding persecuted people.

  13. says

    Oh, OK, let’s send him back to Iran, all right, no matter what they’re likely to do to him there, but first, let’s send all our Cuban refugees back to Cuba, so they too can “fight for a democratic process” in Cuba, like Rep. Meltzer says. Hmm, wonder how folks in Florida (and elsewhere) would like dem apples? (Sounds of Republicans hissing excuses.)

  14. TANK says

    That’s right. There’s nothing special about gay people–not heightened empathy, higher IQ, or better skill in any area. Just like everyone else except for sexual orientation.

    So what connection does he have with iranian culture? None, it would seem. Further, I do believe in enforcing immigration laws, but the very real potential of death and punishment for a none crime in a religious theocracy trumps that. Automatic amnesty.

  15. Edd says

    Now just one damn minute, I was under the impression that AB1070 was there to get rid of the Mexicans. This kid is Iranian, why are then messing with him?

  16. simon says

    My question is why not apply for citizenship in the usual way. He has been here since 3 years old and attended schools here. Certainly there must be some provisions in the immigration laws to facilitate this. All he needs is a lawyer. Again he may be too young to have thought about that.

  17. Traveler J says

    Boohoo. File for asylum or other immigration benefits and get in line with all the other LEGAL gay immigrants and asylees. We have a process for legal immigration and flagrant disregard earns the poor boy no points in my book.

  18. rafi says

    Some of you are really, really fucking stupid.

    What he should have done was lay low, but that’s about all he could do. Applying for amnesty isn’t a great idea as this country doesn’t have the best track record for providing it for gays. You might win or lose, but it’s a huge gamble when you’re life’s at stake.

    But the assertion that he’s here illegally and therefore deserves what he gets blows my mind. How selfish of this 3-year-old to sneak into America! Obviously the right thing to do is take a suicide trip back to Iran to fight for democracy.

    Those of you who whine about marriage and DADT but are unwilling to lend a hand to a gay foreigner who risks death are unbelievably opportunistic and selfish. Fuck you.

  19. says

    The organizers of this action should have never let him participate. Someone should have known better. And was there NO ONE to advise him not to go public? This is not a way to get anything done other than screwing up his life.


    The organizers should be ashamed of themselves for not making sure ahead of time that no one had any warrants or other things that would get them into trouble with the law. Now, the talk is not about McCain and immigration reform, it’s about the “illegal kid who thinks he can get away with anything.”

    Did I mention, this was stupid?

  20. Terence says

    Thank you to those callous individuals who felt free to make comments about Mohammad without even knowing him. He’s my friend, and learning about this through Towleroad shocked me. Now I am more frightened for him than I can describe. He’s been here since he was 3, a decision he didn’t make himself, and in that time he’s devoted his life to helping others, working to provide counseling and support to kids in crisis, kids who are runaways, homeless, or abused. It’s disgusting to see his kindness and concern for his fellow man repaid with disdain, cynicism and feeble attempts at wit.

    He has worked tirelessly to provide opportunities for undocumented citizens like himself to earn their place in American society through the DREAM Act, legislation to allow undocumented citizens brought to the country in their childhood to become naturalized by working and completing their education or serving the country’s military, rather than sitting on his laurels.

    It sickens me that the best he can receive from other oppressed minorities is disdain or feigned sympathy, such as those given by Ms. Meltzer, a supposed self-identified Christian woman and representative of my home state.

    We are content to shake our heads at the disgusting ways gays and other minorities are treated abroad and in our own country, but when someone outs themselves out there to fight against these injustices, it’s sad to see some of the responses they receive from their own.

    Is that the extent of justice our community has to muster? Jeers and lukewarm statements? A kid gets kicked out of his home by his parents for wanting to go to prom with his boyfriend and we want to buy him dinner and a tux? We all want visibility and poster children to be brave for us, but we’ll be damned if we actually support them in their times of need.

  21. TommyOC says

    @Terence: NO ONE on this comment thread has expressed a wish to see Mohammad hurt, or even deported.

    But NO ONE on this comment thread can see why an undocumented person would purposefully put him/herself on the wrong side of the law when they don’t have to.

    It’s one thing to advocate for the rights of your fellow undocumented citizens. It’s another thing to purposefully give the police a reason to charge you with a non-immigration-related crime, giving them the opportunity to use that as reason to deport you.

    The reaction you’re seeing from the community in these threads is the reaction of frustration. The reaction of, “Why in the hell did this kid decide to get himself arrested?” It’s the knowledge that he has seriously complicated his own goals simply because he didn’t take the time to stop and think. That’s the reaction you’re seeing from us.

  22. Andrew says

    I too am sickened by the uncaring, nativist comments posted here. Mo’s situation highlights one of the major flaws of our immigration laws – they don’t account for individuals who were brought here at a very young age, against their will by their parents. They end up becoming full fledged members of our society and then face deportation. Also, to clear up any confusion, there is NO easy way to obtain citizenship for these folks. Hence, the need for the DREAM act. I, for one, will be standing up for my fellow gay brother. He faces execution, for crying out loud. Have some sympathy for one of our own. There but for the grace of God go we.

  23. James says

    You have to be pretty stupid to immigrate to a country without proper papers and then subject your children to a status of limbo.

    Wahhhhhhhh. It’s not my problem. His parents should have used their brains.

    Just be glad he wasn’t an “undocumented” immigrant to Mexico or the Dominican Republic.

  24. Jay says

    Mo has been here since he was 3 years old. He clearly did not “choose” to break the law or to come here in order to live a “lifestyle” that is illegal in Iran. If this country stands for the values we say we do, he deserves asylum, not the cruel taunts of some of these posters.

  25. Steve says

    Usually, I would advocate an illegal immigrant (that’s what he is, regardless of when he came here. The difference is that in this case, his parents were the ones who committed the crime) be immediately deported. However this is one situation where common sense should prevail and asylum be granted. Mohaummed did not choose to be here. Granted posting his face on YouTube and attending the sit-in was INCREDIBLY stupid, that doesn’t change the fact that he faces imminent death for nothing more than being who he was born as if deported.

    We have the asylum provisions in our immigration laws for a reason. Let’s hope whoever defends him knows those provisions and laws inside and out. I wish him the best.

  26. John in Boston says

    He should not be deported to Iran where he of course will be persecuted. APPLY FOR ASYLUM. Question? How the F is it he’s been here since the age of 3 and never become legal through the regular channels?

    ILLEGALS (i.e. UNDOCUMENTED) are by definition criminal; the U.S. is a country of laws, and if you are running afoul of the law(s) you’d be well-advised to keep a very low profile or risk arrest and prosecution. This kid needs a lawyer.

    I’ll say it again: There are many who loath America and Americans….yet there is an ENDLESS stream of people who’ll do anything, take any risk, to get here, live here…..and will shit themselves (even commit suicide) rather than be deported.

  27. says

    It is stupid for anyone to have to go back anywhere like the backward Islamic State of Iran. He will be either killed,tortured or both for his lifestyle. this Government should get a grip. People should hid him if it comes to it to stop this crime against someone that knows only about being an American which he really is.

  28. John in Boston says

    Let’s cut to the fucking chase: America’s illegal immigrant invasion (it is an invasion, even where I live: La Raza likes to tell whites and Anglos to ‘Go back to Boston, Pilgrim'; trust me, the problem of illegals is a HUGE issue in Pilgrim-Land) and the MANY bad economic and social (including violent crime) it brings is primarily with Central Americans and Mexicans…..this is where the VAST majority of America’s illegals come from and it’s primarily the source of the many serious issues with high maintenance, high cost social services and violent street gangs, and depressed wages and benefits for low wage workers.

    I know many so-called Hispanic immigrants, including those who’ve entered the U.S. illegally. 99% are decent, hard-working people. I respect them and understand why they want to be here. Certainly, Hispanic, including illegals, serve patriotically in our armed forces. UNFORTUNATELY, as a group, they are manipulated and controlled by a hardcore group of antiAmerican, antiwhite, Marxist, and assist big business multinationals and others who desire to keep many millions of American citizen’s wages low and stagnant. MANY also collect multiple social service benefits that are bankrupting states and the country. The ILLEGAL immigration must be stopped by any means or like a lifeboat this country is going to tip over. The Road to Hell is paved with good intentions.

  29. Reilly says

    A nation-state is a collection of abstract ideas. The notion that one should be bound to the established legal process in order to live in a given country is itself an abstract principle, and it’s a principle worthy of discussion. But Mr. Abdollahi is a real human being whose life is at stake. And when there are hundreds, if not thousands, of frothing Mutaween religious police drooling over their bayonets at the chance to off him for being gay… it is NOT THE TIME for discussion. Human life trumps abstract ideas, PERIOD.

  30. hamp says

    Damn, what ugly comments. Has anyone mentioned to those senators that actually we are responsible for the Iranian government. It was us who propped up a fascist corrupt king who was finally kicked out of the country resulting in an anti-American government led by religious wackjobs. Much like we are responsible for Chile’s current government, Iran’s current government, Argentina’s, half of the African nations and most of the other virulently anti-american repressive governments of the world. Our history has been to support any who is anti-communist no matter how depraved they may be. But when it comes to taking responsibility for our actions, we act like we never heard of the place. The USA is like a five-year-old with his hand stuck in the cookie jar swearing it was someone else who put it there.

    And no, I’m not anti-American. I’m a responsible adult who feels that our country should grow up.

  31. Robert says

    To those who claim he broke the law.

    Wrong. Three year olds aren’t culpable for breaking the law.

    Secondly. If you aren’t for human rights for ALL, then you have no standing to complain when your human rights are violated.

    Equality, justice and human rights aren’t achieved with one’s own comfort and privilege. If you are in it for yourself don’t call it a “rights movement” call it a “personal advancement agenda.”

  32. Vikram says

    I see many articles & law makers criticizing tougher immigration laws…
    Im an Indian and lived in NY for more than 4years, went to college there and worked with GS for over 2years. I quit my job in 08, and was immediately had 4 job offers in the 1st month but none of them wanted to sponsor my H1 visa, but asked me to work for them, undocumented. I refused cuz it was the wrong thing to do….many of my friends there asked me to marry some US citizen for convenience, but I didnt, cuz it was the wrong thing to do…
    But now I read all these articles and its like politicians WANT us to work their illegally??? R these guys suggesting us to break the law and that they wouldn’t do anything if we overstay our visa and get employment in the US???
    Dont these guys just get it, that no matter what, u being in another country illegally is not okay, and if u are protesting against the country’s laws, then chuck it, u dont like the laws here go back to ur own country…
    many ppl come to the US illegally and have kids here, or bring their young one’s to US and keep on staying illegally…. u want the country’s govt. to overlook the case that since ur in the country for such a long time, it is okay for u to get its citizenship even though the means by which you are getting are totally unconstitutional??
    this way, one day u can say “Oh gosh, terrorists have been around for aegis, we think its okay, let’s give them a right to destroy our country” if u think these two are totally unrelated, I’d say NO…. both are based on the same fundamental… “what you are doing is wrong, is illegal & unconstitutional and should be punished”
    Just dont think that u can come to another country and live there for a long period and then demand that hey… we’ve been here for soo long, give us equal rights…. dude, ur here for sooo long and every single day u commit crime by extending ur illegal stay, u dont pay taxes, u do god knows what else….

    I know Im not an american and have no business in talking about this, but this was something sooo damn ridiculous just cudnt stop myself from presenting my point of view…

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