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Alborz Ghandehari

Attacking the Right to Freedom of Movement: How the Racist Visa Waiver Bill Targeting Iranians, Syrians, Iraqis, and Sudanese Can Prompt Deeper Solidarities with the Migrant Justice Movement

On 18 December 2015, President Obama signed a law that could result in highly discriminatory measures against US citizens of Iranian, Sudanese, Iraqi, and Syrian descent. Prior to this legislation, nationals of thirty-eight countries, mostly in Europe, were able to travel to the United States for ninety days without a visa under the Visa Waiver Program (VWP). This new law, formerly known as HR 158, mandates that the VWP not apply to citizens of those countries who are also ...

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Alborz Ghandehari is a PhD Candidate in Ethnic Studies at University of California San Diego with an interest in both historical and contemporary social issues in Iran and the region. He is also an elected officer of UAW 2865, the union of Teaching Assistants, Tutors, and other student-workers at the University of California and active with other organizations focused on workers and migrant justice, mass incarceration, and other issues.