NYU PhD Student Narges Bayani Detained At JFK

Updated: Apr 29, 2019

Narges Bayani, a PhD student at NYU’s Institute for the Study Of The Ancient World, was among those detained at JFK. According to a Facebook post by Bayani’s sister, she was denied reentry to the country and had to wait two days to take a flight back to Iran despite having lived in the United States for the past eight years.

NYU President Andrew Hamilton sent out an email regarding the executive order. In it he reassured students that NYU will “safeguard the rights, well-being, education, and scholarship of those affected by these or other changes to immigration policy.”

Hamilton reiterated what he wrote in November when NYU announced how it would protect undocumented students. The email reads:

  • We will not permit federal officials on campus to gather information about immigrants in our community absent a subpoena or similar legal order;

  • Our Public Safety Officers do not and will not ask about the immigration status of members of the NYU community, nor will they voluntarily share such information with law enforcement;

  • We will vigorously uphold the privacy protections granted our students by federal law; and

  • The University’s scholarship assistance to non-U.S.-citizens, which is independent of federal financial aid programs, will carry on regardless of changes to immigration policies.

New York University spokesperson John Beckman said in an email to NYU Local that, “We are very glad to report that she was permitted to enter the country Sunday morning, thanks to the intervention of our Law School’s Immigrant Rights Clinic. NYU is also very grateful to Senator Charles Schumer, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and Congressman Jerrold Nadler, who also intervened on the student’s behalf at request of the University."

*This article first appeared on NYU LOCAL.


President Donald Trump has signed an Executive Order (EO) proposing a 90-day suspension of visas and other immigration benefits to all nationals of Iran, Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Yemen, Libya and Somalia. The unrealistic conditions required for discontinuing the suspension make it very likely that this EO will turn into a permanent ban. We, the undersigned academics and researchers from a variety of fields of study, backgrounds, and personal convictions, would like to voice our concern and strongly oppose this measure on three grounds: