State of Washington, et al v. Donald J. Trump, et al

Filing 91

Submitted (ECF) Amicus brief for review and filed Motion to become amicus curiae. Submitted by American Immigration Council, National Immigration Project of the National Lawyers Guild, Northwest Immigrant Rights Project, Human Rights First, KIND (Kids in Need of Defense), and Tahirih Justice Center. Date of service: 02/06/2017. [10304762] [17-35105]--[COURT UPDATE: Attached exhibits (originally submitted in entry [92]), resent notice. 02/07/2017 by LA] (Mincer, Jonathan) [Entered: 02/06/2017 11:59 PM]

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EXHIBIT J Honorable James L. Robart 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT FOR THE WESTERN DISTRICT OF WASHINGTON AT SEATTLE 9 10 11 12 13 Juweiya Abdiaziz ALI; A.F.A., a minor; Reema Case No.: 2:17-cv-00135-JLR Khaled DAHMAN; G.E., a minor; Ahmed Mohammed Ahmed ALI; E.A., a minor; on behalf of themselves as individuals and on DECLARATION OF NIKOO NIKNEJAD behalf of others similarly situated, IN SUPPORT OF PLAINTIFFS Plaintiffs-Petitioners, 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 vs. Donald TRUMP, President of the United States of America; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF STATE; Tom SHANNON, Acting Secretary of State; U.S. DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; John F. KELLY, Secretary of Homeland Security; U.S. CITIZENSHIP AND IMMIGRATION SERVICES; Lori SCIALABBA, Acting Director ofUSCIS; OFFICE OF THE DIRECTOR OF NATIONAL INTELLIGENCE; Michael DEMPSEY. Acting Director of National Intelligence, Defendants-Respondents. 24 25 26 27 28 DECLARATION OF NlKOO NIKNEJAD Case No. 2: 17-cv-00 135-JLR -0 NORTHWEST IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROJECT 615 Second Ave., Ste. 400 Seattle, W A 981 04 206-957-8611 I, Nikoo Niknejad, declare under penalty of perjury as follows: 2 3 1. I am a lawful permanent resident. I live in Atlanta, Georgia. I am a homemaker. 2. I came to the United States when I was 61 years old from Iran. I became a resident on 4 September 25, 2009 through my brother's petition. That was the beginning of my journey to 5 come to the US and eventually bring my children to the US so we could start a new life. 6 7 8 9 10 II 3. My son, Amirbahador is a citizen of Iran. He is 34 years old and is currently in Iran. 4. I filed an I-130 petition for him on April21, 2010. The petition was approved and I had to wait until his priority date became current. It was a long process to wait but it finally came in 2015. I hired US immigration attorney, Carl Balediata, and he helped me through the process. We submitted all the documents and paid fees. We followed all the rules. My son received his 12 US immigrant visa on December 19, 2016 in Abu Dhabi. 13 5. 14 start his new life with me. I am now currently in Iran with him. We booked a flight for January 15 30, 2017 with British Airways out ofTehran, Iran to return to the United States. Upon check-in 16 we were told that only I could board the flight but that my son could not because he did not have 17 a green card. We immediately called Carl Balediata who spoke on our behalf with British 18 Airways to tell them my son's US Immigrant Visa was the same as a green card. British Airways 19 said no and told us to go home. 20 6. 21 supervisor. It was arranged for us to try to depart again out of Tehran, Iran on February 2, 2017. 22 This time we were told that me and my son had to be given an okay by US Customs and Border 23 Protection from New York, USA. We arrived at the airport at 6:30am and waited 1 hr. We were 24 25 26 I was so happy that I also traveled to be with him so I could bring him home with me to Carl Balediata was able to discuss our case in more detail with a British Airways regional told that we both could not board the plane. The British Airways agent showed us an email from US Customs and Border Protection that said I could not board the flight and that my son was not "cleared" and that he had to go back to the US Embassy in Abu Dhabi. That is all they told us. 27 28 DECLARATION OF NIKOO NIKNEJAD Case No.2: 17-cv-00 135-JLR - I NORTHWEST IMMIGRANT RIGHTS PROJECT 615 Second Ave., Ste. 400 Seattle, WA 98104 206-957-8611 7. 2 3 I was again devastated. I feel helpless. Why is the country I love doing this to my son. Carl Balediata is now working hard to try and bring my son home. I do not want to go home without my son. I need him. I have already been separated from him for so long. 4 8. I am old and I want my son to be with me. I want him to start a new life in the United 5 States, the land of opportunity. 6 7 9. It has been a life long dream for me for my son to come and be with me in the United States. I also filed an I-130 petition for my daughter and we were in the process of starting her 8 9 10 11 12 case too but now I have also lost hope with her case as well. 10. I just want my family to reunite and be with me in the United States. I always wanted what was best for my son and my daughter. Now I cannot see how we can get through this. I am heartbroken and cannot understand why this country I love is doing this to me and my family. 13 14 15 I declare under penalty of perjury under the laws of the United States that the foregoing i true and correct to the best of my information, knowledge, belief. 16 17 Executed on this 2"d day of February, 2017, in Tehran, Iran. 18 19 NikooN~ 20 21 22 23 24 25 26 27 28 DECLARATION OF NIKOO NIKNEJAD Case No. 2:17-cv-00135-JLR NORTIIWE~i -2 IMMIGRANT Rl HTS PROJECt' 615 Second A c.. t.c. 400 cattle. W A 9 I04 206-957-861 I

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