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Iranians seeking refuge in America endure excessive vetting procedures which have become even more challenging in recent years, particularly under the Trump Administration. Fair vetting practices are critical in light of the current political climate in Iran. Under U.S. law, a refugee is someone who is located outside of the United States and has a well-founded fear of persecution based on race, religion, nationality, political opinion, or membership in a particular social group. Iranians have grappled with political turmoil and oppression for over four decades which has significantly affected their ability to emigrate to the United States. Recent events have caused more Iranians to seek refuge in the United States, with numerous Iranians suffering injuries, abuse, and death during nationwide protests over the hijab laws in Iran. As the political climate in Iran remains turbulent, the United States must find a balance between national security considerations and humanitarian principles to ensure that those fleeing persecution find a safe haven within its borders.

This post was originally published on the Cardozo Journal of Equal Rights and Social Justice website on October 6, 2023. The original post can be accessed via the Archived Link button above.

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