This week, Iranian cancer researcher Mohsen Dehnavi arrived in the US to do postdoctoral research at Boston Children’s Hospital, but he was stopped by immigration authorities and deported back to Iran the next day. It provided the left with a perfect PR opportunity to assail President Trump’s temporary travel ban that includes Iran, with John Kerry likely making his face even longer as he tweeted that it was “tragic” that the doctor had been kept from saving lives by Trump’s policy.
Two problems with that: first, Customs officials say he was deemed inadmissible for reasons they discovered during his CBP inspection, and it had nothing to do with Trump’s travel order. Second, while the doctor was badmouthing Trump’s travel restrictions, he neglected to mention that in 2007, he had allegedly been the head of the Basij militia, a volunteer student force linked to Iran’s Revolutionary Guard.
If this is just a mistake and he is truly an innocent healer, then he can appeal to Trump to intervene and make an exception for him, as he has for others. But you’d think that someone who cares about saving lives would understand why we have rules to insure that everyone who comes into the US cares about the lives of others as much as he says he does.