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After 24 Hours, Stony Brook Student Released From JFK Detention

Courtesy of Stony Brook Press
Vahideh Rasekhi, a doctoral student at Stony Brook University, speaks to the media after being held at John F. Kennedy Airport for over 24 hours. An Iranian citizen, Rasekhi has lived in the U.S. for over 10 years.

A Stony Brook doctoral student has been released after being detained at John F. Kennedy Airport following President Trump’s executive order barring citizens from certain Muslim-majority countries from entering the United States.

Vahideh Rasekhi, an Iranian citizen, was released Sunday afternoon after being held for over 24 hours.

“I was scared. I was super scared that I gonna go back, that I’m going to be deported. I came here legally!”

She said she was looking forward to getting some rest, to “go home, relax. I haven’t slept in more than 48 hours. I’m so tired, I don’t know how I look, I’m exhausted.”

Rasekhi returned to Iran in November to visit family. She has lived in the United States for more than 10 years.

Stony Brook is advising students from the seven countries named in the executive order from traveling outside of the United States unless absolutely necessary.

To learn more, go to the Stony Brook Press.

Terry Sheridan is an award-winning audio journalist. As part of his duties as Senior Director of News and Education, he developed a unique and award-winning internship program with the Stony Brook University School of Communications and Journalism, where he is also a lecturer and adjunct professor. He also mentors graduate fellows from the Sacred Heart University Graduate School of Communication, Media, and the Arts.