President Trump Bars Senior Iranian Regime Officials From U.S.
Donald Trump, President of the United States
United States President Donald Trump on Wednesday took steps to bar senior Iranian regime officials and their immediate family from entering the United States as immigrants or non-immigrants, the White House said in a proclamation.
The proclamation, dated September 25, 2019, stated: "The Government of Iran is a state sponsor of terrorism, and the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps, including its Qods Force, supports terrorists and directly engages in terrorism."
"Iran arbitrarily detains United States citizens."
"The Iranian regime contributes to humanitarian crises, threatens its neighbors, threatens international shipping, and conducts destructive cyberattacks."
"Given that this behavior threatens peace and stability in the Middle East and beyond, I have determined that it is in the interest of the United States to take action to restrict and suspend the entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of senior government officials of Iran, and their immediate family members," President Trump's proclamation added.
On Tuesday, September 24, thousands of Iranian American supporters of the main opposition group People’s Mojahedin Organization of Iran (PMOI, Mujahedin-e Khalq or MEK) rallied outside the UN in New York to denounce the presence of the Iranian regime’s President at the UN General Assembly and to echo the voice of the millions in Iran who seek regime change.
Iranian opposition leader Maryam Rajavi said in a message to the rally: "Your gathering in New York is a resounding 'No!' to the policy of appeasement, to the policy of buying chances for a moribund regime, and to the policy of inaction toward a regime that preserves its power through warmongering, terrorism, and suppression."
"Your gathering says 'No' to the continuation of the rule of a bunch of occupiers and criminals in Iran. And, it says 'Yes' to the overthrow of this regime by the people of Iran and the Iranian Resistance," added Maryam Rajavi, President-elect of the National Council of Resistance of Iran (NCRI).
Mrs. Rajavi further stated: "Following the clerical regime’s recent attack from inside Iran against Saudi oil facilities, the real question facing the world is no longer who conducted the attack, but they need to advance a policy of decisiveness and firmness against this regime."
The policy of appeasement toward Iran's regime has fostered catastrophes, and there is only one way to undo the damage and that is to stand on the side of the people of Iran who have risen up to uproot the central banker of terrorism, she said.
"The regime in Iran is neither capable of reform nor can it change its behavior; it will never abandon weapons of mass destruction, human rights abuses, and promotion of fundamentalism and terrorism; it gets emboldened by appeasement and it only understands firmness and strength," Mrs. Rajavi added.