1:00 PM, MONDAY, JANUARY 30TH
UNITED STATES DISTRICT COURT – EASTERN DISTRICT OF NEW YORK
225 CADMAN PLAZA EAST
Brooklyn Borough President Eric L. Adams and City University of New York (CUNY) student leaders, including members of the University Student Senate (USS) and CUNY DREAMers, will speak out in concern for Saira Rafiee, a young woman enrolled at the CUNY Graduate Center through an F1 visa who is being denied reentry into the United States due to President Donald J. Trump’s executive order banning the migration of citizens from several Muslim-majority countries; the Prospect-Lefferts Gardens resident, who was on vacation during her winter break to see family members in her native Iran, was told by customs officials in the United Arab Emirates that she would be unable to return to school in America. Approximately 120 students from the impacted countries are enrolled in the CUNY system. In addition to urging President Trump to rescind the ban, Borough President Adams will also urge all schools and colleges, both public and private, to address the concerns of students, parents, and guardians who, due to their citizenship status, are at risk from the actions of the Trump administration.
Borough President Adams will also be joined by members of the New York Immigration Coalition (NYIC) and Professional Staff Congress (PSC)-CUNY, CUNY DREAMers, as well as Rafiee’s cousin Mina, who will deliver a message on behalf of her relative.