Featured in the media: Iranian family sues for ‘American dream’


by David Rookhuyzen – Mar. 9, 2012 07:01 AM
The Republic | azcentral.com

By David Kadlubowski/The Republic. The Khalili family from left, Fatemeh Asadi, Karo Khalili, Juwin Khalili, Haniya Khalili and Rahmat Khalili at their home Tuesday, March 6, 2012 in Mesa. The Iranian refugees have had trouble getting their Green Card for 5 years

Fatemah Asadi and her husband, Rahmat Khalili, were brought to the U.S. as refugees nine years ago and thought it would be the end of nearly 30 years without a home.

They fled Iran after the revolution in 1979, then were settled in Turkey. Now, the Mesa couple desperately want to become citizens of their new homeland, but a bureaucratic dispute over their political affiliations from 30 years ago has landed them in diplomatic limbo, a problem rooted deep in the murky waters of national security and immigration law.

As a result, they are taking a gamble that could either see them win permanent-resident status or be deported to a country that will not accept them.

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