Gay Iranian Man Facing Deportation by U.S. Immigration
Back in May I posted about Mohammad Abdollahi, a 24-year-old Iranian who was arrested as apart of a sit-in immigration protest at Senator John McCain's office. Abdollahi came to the U.S. when he was 3-years-old. He says he learned of his undocumented status in high school Abdollahi is also gay.
Abdollahi's deportation proceedings are set to begin this month, partly as a result of the protest.
"More than 13,000 immigrants in situations such as Abdollahi's requested so-called "withholding removal" status in U.S. immigration courts last year, according to the Justice Department's Executive Office for Immigration Review. But only 14 percent of the requests were granted, reflecting a much more stringent standard than that applied to asylum applications filed by people not facing deportation. 'He's looking at having to prove greater than 50 percent chance of persecution, a clear probability of persecution,' said D.C.-based immigration attorney Kimberley Schaefer, who handles asylum cases. The risk of physical harm must also be demonstrably linked with either his race, religion, nationality, membership in a social group or political opinion, according to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services guidelines."
Watch Abdollahi about being an undocumented youth in the U.S., AFTER THE JUMP...