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    Sima Fallahi, a native Iranian whose simple request for an artist's vendor permit threw her into a complicated tangle with immigration officials, has been waiting nearly three years to exhale.
    On Wednesday, the day after a federal judge aborted deportation proceedings, Fallahi finally sighed. Immigration authorities will not send her back to Iran and separate her from Leila, her 13-year-old daughter born in this country.

    "I feel a sense of relief and also gratitude," Fallahi, 51, said from her Carrboro home. "So many people here have helped me and supported me."

    Jorgelina Araneda, the Raleigh lawyer who represented Fallahi, said the case shows what could happen under the 287(g) federal program, which allows local law enforcement agencies to identify and help deport illegal immigrants.

    "This case is a precursor of that program," Araneda said. "This would be a perfect example to show communities what can happen, and to show how communities can come together to help someone."

    Fallahi found herself in a legal snarl in December 2006 after she went to the Chapel Hill Police Department for a permit to sell artwork, an attempt to do things by the book. A routine background check revealed a deportation order in the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement database, and the single mother was jailed quickly while her young daughter waited at home.

    "They were just grabbing me and shipping me out without any questions," Fallahi recalled.

    Her phone calls to friends went to answering machines, leaving mother and daughter separated, neither knowing the immediate welfare of the other.

    The next three months were a journey into a captive and captivating culture, a women's prison in Mecklenburg County where she learned how to braid hair and got to know her fellow inmates while drawing their portraits.

    "I felt like a tourist who was watching a movie," she said.

    While Fallahi was locked away, her future in this country uncertain, the Carrboro community rallied behind the woman who came here on a student visa from Abadan, Iran, the oil-rich province besieged in the 1980s by Iraqi forces.

    Leila, only 11 at the time, stayed with Bob Wright and Kathleen Barton, a couple who drove her each week to visit her mother in the Mecklenburg County detention center. "They're family now," Fallahi said.

    Fallahi first joined her brother in Michigan and started her education there. But when he lost his job there and ended up in Greensboro, she followed.

    Fallahi said she studied fine arts at UNC-Greensboro and Guilford College with plans to get a degree in fine arts, but the birth of her daughter sidetracked that ambition.

    Eventually she landed in Carrboro, where she painted with watercolors, volunteered at her daughter's school, worked odd jobs, welcomed help from friends to pay her bills and enjoyed simple living.

    When she went to get the vendor permit, she never dreamed that skipping an immigration hearing years earlier -- a decision she made on the advice of a lawyer who was later disbarred --would come back to haunt her.

    But it did.

    Her missing that hearing set deportation paperwork in motion.

    Governing boards in Carrboro and Chapel Hill passed resolutions in support of keeping Fallahi in this country.

    The single mother feared for her safety, worrying that if she were deported, Muslim fundamentalists might imprison her for having a child out of wedlock, especially with a non-Muslim, and for her Unitarian beliefs.

    With those undercurrents, Araneda and Randall Stroud set out to defend Fallahi with a two-pronged legal approach.

    They sought asylum and they sought to cancel the deportation by arguing that conditions in Iran had changed while she was in this country and that she had ineffective legal counsel in the late 1990s.

    In addition, the lawyers had to show that deporting Fallahi would cause an extreme hardship, a lynchpin argument necessary to win a green card.

    In February, the lawyers presented both cases to a judge in Atlanta. On Tuesday, Judge Wayne Houser issued his ruling.

    Fallahi can stay.

    "I'm not one to show extreme emotion, but I'm extremely excited," Fallahi said. "What I plan to do now is I'll just try to finish my schooling."

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    SIX years ago Immigration Department officials asked a 38-year-old Iranian draughtsman locked up in Baxter detention centre for permission to take his seven-year-old daughter to Port Augusta for a shopping trip.

    The man agreed. "No problem," he told staff. "Yes, go ahead and enjoy yourself."

    He never saw his daughter again.

    Instead, Immigration officials bundled the young girl on to a plane and sent her home to her mother in Iran. The man, codenamed "Mr X" by the Commonwealth Ombudsman, was in solitary confinement at the time.

    He was not told of his daughter's departure until she had touched down in Tehran.

    An Immigration file note offers a chilling insight into how the subterfuge was managed.

    "If (the girl) requests to say goodbye to her father I will advise her that it is not possible as it could stop her from being returned to her mother in Tehran," an unnamed official writes.

    "We will have several toys etc for distraction purposes." Mr X's case forms the basis of a damning report by the Commonwealth Ombudsman tabled in parliament this week.

    It is also, according to Immigration Minister Chris Evans, an emblem of the worst excesses of the Howard era.

    Mr X's ordeal began when he arrived with his daughter, then aged four, by boat in March 2001.

    He and his daughter were taken to the Curtin detention centre in Western Australia and transferred to South Australia's Baxter centre in September 2002.

    In July 2003, Mr X was thrown into Baxter's solitary confinement wing after a violent altercation with staff.

    By all accounts he had been a difficult detainee.

    The ombudsman's report refers to hunger strikes, violent confrontations with staff and other detainees and allegations of property damage.

    In 2002 he received a 12-month suspended sentence for two unprovoked assaults on guards that resulted in grievous bodily harm.

    In January 2003 an allegation that Mr X had sexually abused his daughter was investigated by South Australian child protection authorities. No evidence of abuse was found.

    But in their report, South Australia's Family and Youth Services sounded alarm bells about the conditions in which the girl was being kept.

    "I cannot stress enough the importance of changing the environment of isolation to which the child is currently subjected," the unnamed offical wrote.

    Accounts differ of the incident that caused Mr X to be slung into solitary for 23 hours a day.

    But the source of the dispute was an attempt by guards to pat-search Mr X.
    The man, described by refugee advocate Kate Gauthier as "an imposing" figure, refused - he says because the guards wanted to strip-search him in front of his daughter.

    A brawl followed. In an official incident report, one of the guards described the scene: "I said on two or three occasions to (the daughter), who was screaming and crying, that we are not hurting your father and (she) said, 'Yes you are, yes you are'," the guard said.

    "It was then (the girl), who was standing on the bed, started hitting me on my back, neck and shoulders. I yelled, 'Get a female officer in here and get (her) out'."

    Mr X was allowed daily contact with his daughter.

    But on July 23, she was flown back to Iran.

    An Iranian court had issued an order awarding custody of the girl to her mother, who had separated from Mr X.

    But independent legal advice obtained by the department was clear: the order carried no weight under Australian law.

    Even if it had, the order stipulated that custody of the girl revert to Mr X once she had turned seven.

    The man's lawyer, Julian Burnside QC, described Mr X's reaction to the news: "It, literally, felled him. He was in solitary for the next eight weeks."

    In October, Mr X cut his wrists, requiring stitches. A psychologist diagnosed him with depression, post-traumatic stress disorder and panic attacks.

    Then in May 2005, four years after arriving in Australia and two years after being separated from his daughter, Mr X was granted a temporary protection visa.

    Last year, he was granted permanent protection.

    But in a final insult, Mr X was billed $288,608 for the cost of his detention, $109,092 of which covered expenses incurred incarcerating Mr X's daughter. The debt was written off.

    Today, Mr X lives in Melbourne, where he is studying.

    The Ombudsman's report is damning. It accuses the department of deceiving Mr X, acting against its own legal advice, failing to consult the girl about her pending removal and ignoring the recommendations of child protection services that the pair be transferred to another facility.

    It also suggests the department may have thrown the man into solitary to facilitate his daughter's removal.

    Yesterday, Senator Evans expressed shock at the man's treatment.

    "To lock up a four-year-old child in a desert detention centre for more than two years is unacceptable," he said.

    "To then remove her from Australia without her father's knowledge while he was locked in solitary confinement is inexcusable."

    Senator Evans is considering compensation for the man. Well-placed sources have told The Australian that Mr X can expect a healthy sum, probably in the "high six figures".

    More importantly, the department is working to facilitate a reunion between Mr X and his daughter.

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    Australian Report Criticizes Secret Deportation of Iranian Refugee Child

    Australia is considering compensating an Iranian refugee whose daughter was deported without his knowledge. The government in Canberra has acknowledged the secret deportation and insists that Australia's asylum policies have become more honest and transparent.

    The Iranian man, known only as Mr. X, was being held in solitary confinement in the Baxter detention center in South Australia when his four-year-old daughter was deported in 2003.

    An investigation and subsequent report by the Australian Ombudsman's office has revealed that staff at the immigration facility had a secret plan to expel the child and asked Mr. X if they could take the young child shopping. The detainee agreed but the girl was subsequently put on a flight back to Iran without her father's knowledge.

    The pair arrived in Australia illegally by boat in 2001 and were being held in custody while their claims for asylum were being processed.

    Complicating the case were allegations from Mr. X's wife, who lives in Tehran, that she had custody of the child.

    Immigration Minister Chris Evans says changes to the system should ensure such a case is not repeated.

    "It reads as a very shocking story," said Evans. "I was very disturbed by it. The treatment of the gentleman concerned and particularly his daughter are just clearly unacceptable and we've got to make sure we do something to fix it. We've certainly rejected the way the Howard government ran immigration detention and we think under the new detention values we should not see this sort of thing occur again."

    The Australian Ombudsman's office has found that immigration officials ignored legal advice that said that the father's consent was needed before the child could be sent back to her mother in Iran. Staff members involved in the secret deportation are being investigated and could face disciplinary action.

    Mr. X has been granted refugee status and is currently living in the southern Australian city of Melbourne. He has suffered post-traumatic stress after his daughter was taken from him. She remains in Tehran. Authorities are discussing compensation with the refugee's lawyers and will consider offering the child and her mother visas to live in Australia.

    Under measures introduced by Australia's left-of-center Labor government, which came to office in November 2007, children of asylum seekers are no longer held in detention.

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    Three accused over 'false' passports

    An Iranian man who allegedly used a false passport to bring his brother to Australia is behind bars charged with people smuggling.

    His case is the second alleged passport scandal uncovered in Sydney in four days, after two women were arrested on Saturday.

    In the latest incident, Ashkan Davani, 32, is accused of bringing his brother Niakan Davani to Australia "under a false passport" between December 30 and April 5, Sydney's Central Local Court was told on Wednesday.

    Davani was arrested on Tuesday after Australian Federal Police (AFP) raided a Surry Hills property.

    Investigations began in January when police intercepted an air cargo package from Thailand.

    "The package contained a USB holding approximately 450 images of passports, scanned passport photos and other details, such as names and passport numbers," the AFP said in a statement.

    "AFP investigations revealed a large number of these passports had been reported stolen by Interpol."

    It is alleged Davani is part of a Thai-based syndicate that helped bring people to Australia illegally.

    Tim Postma for the Commonwealth Department of Public Prosecutions said a large amount of evidence would come from telephone intercepts and compiling it would take several weeks.

    Davani, who required an interpreter, did not apply for bail and the matter was adjourned until Wednesday, May 15, at Sydney's Central Local Court.

    Earlier on Wednesday, the same court heard two Sydney women were allegedly involved in a scam to create fake passports with the intention of bringing illegal immigrants to Australia.

    Australia Post shop worker Lara Triglia, 35, from Fairfield, and mother-of-two Samira Al Kanani, 44, from Dulwich Hill, are each charged with multiple counts of making a false statement in the creation of an Australian passport.

    Al Kanani was arrested by AFP officers at Sydney International Airport on Saturday as she tried to board a flight out of the country using a passport in the name of Kyza Ali, police facts presented to court said.

    Police allege Triglia, whose job as an interviewing officer was to meet passport applicants and check that photographs and documents matched, signed off on papers linked to Al Kanani's family, News Ltd reported.

    The two women allegedly arranged the issuance of passports containing names and photographs which did not match and in one instance used the name of one of Al Kanani's sons.

    Both women have been granted bail to face Downing Centre Local Court on June 16.

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    احمد اخوان نماينده ايرانيان مقيم خارج از کشور در قاره اروپا گفت: امروز همه جهانيان اذعان دارند که ايرانيان بهترين، نخبه*ترين، بافرهنگ*ترين و موفق*ترين شهروندان خارجي هستند.

    احمد اخوان در همايش بزرگ ايرانيان خارج از کشور افزود: ما ايرانيان مقيم خارج به اين همه توانمندي، اقتدار و هوش و زکاوت ملت بزرگ ايران افتخار مي*کنيم.

    وي با بيان اينکه ملت ايران داراي هوش زکاوت و توانمندي خاصي هستند افزود: ايرانيان مقيم خارج از کشور هر روز با شنيدن اخبار موفقيت*هاي علمي، اقتصادي، فرهنگي و اجتماعي ايرانيان داخل کشور به خود افتخار مي*کنند.

    وي اظهار داشت: امروز دنيا به اين باور رسيده است که ايراني هر آنچه را که بخواهد در تمامي زمينه*ها به*ويژه در حوزه علوم و تحقيقات به آن دست خواهد يافت و اين نشانه توانمندي و هوش سرشار ايراني براي دستيابي به قله*هاي رفيع و موفقيت است.

    نماينده ايرانيان مقيم خارج از کشور در قاره اروپا افزود: ما امروز ديگر تنها به داشتن بوعلي *سينا، رازي، ابوريحان بيروني و حافظ و سعدي افتخار نمي*کنيم بلکه به داشتن دانشمندان جوان، موفق و توانمند ايراني که امروز در عرصه*هاي مختلف جهان مي*درخشند بر خود مي*باليم.

    وي تاکيد کرد: توسعه و رشد کشور در گرو تلاش و همت فرزندان اين سرزمين است و همه ما بايد براي پيشبرد کشورمان در عرصه*هاي مختلف و دستيابي به موفقيت*هاي بزرگ در عرصه*هاي بين*المللي تلاش بيشتري داشته باشيم.

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