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Iranian Michigan State University graduate student deported from US


By Carrie Bradon | Feb 24, 2020

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According to The State News, an Iranian student has been deported from a Michigan university. 

Alireza Yazdani, a graduate student at Michigan State University, was held by U.S. Customs and Border Protection and then deported back to his home country on Jan. 27. Yazdani's lawyer stated that the Iranian man had a valid visa at the time of his detention and deportation and that the reasons behind his removal from the country were invalid. 

According to The New York Times, Yazdani is one of at least 16 Iranian students who have experienced difficulties entering the U.S. since August 2019. 

Despite the deportation, MSU has released a statement regarding the university's commitment to international students.

"MSU’s international students make tremendous contributions to fueling discoveries and scholarship. Global leadership can only be maintained if talented people from across the globe are encouraged to come here to study and work," said MSU spokesperson Emily Guerrant.

Yazdani had been admitted to his Ph.D. program in the agricultural sciences department at the university in the summer of 2019 before applying for his student visa in September 2019.

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