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Defending Immigrants' Rights

Mana in The News

Recognized Immigration Lawyer in Houston

Caller Times -
7/15/2018

Immigrant mother and son reunited in Corpus Christi after months apart

Attorney Mana Yegani with Liliana Martinez and her 5-year-old son after reunificationundefined


Fox 26 -
2/26/2018

Supreme Court denies Trump administration appeal to hear DACA case


Public Radio International -
2/7/2018

Fear, not 'laziness', is one reason some immigrants haven't applied for DACA

Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston, says there are many reasons young immigrants have not applied for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), but none have to do with laziness.


The Washington Post -
2/7/2018

Lazy? John Kelly ‘simply misses the mark,’ say DACA advocates

“Kelly says Dreamers were too lazy to apply. That’s not true,” tweeted Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston. “DACA restricted a lot of Dreamers by age and date. Many Dreamers didn’t meet the requirements to apply. Ignorant comment from Kelly. Period.”


Houstonia -
1/30/2018

10 Houston Women Making It Happen

After President Trump signed his first travel ban in January of last year, Mana Yegani quickly went from being “a little immigration lawyer” to one who thought nothing of charging into Bush Intercontinental Airport to ensure clients’ rights.


The Huffington Post -
1/2/2018

Trump Tweets Support for Iranians While Banning Them From the U.S.

“We stand with the Iranian people so much that we won’t let them come here,” said a former U.S. ambassador to the U.N.


The Globe and Mail -
9/7/2017

What you need to know about Dreamers and their future

If Congress doesn't act swiftly, the next six months will be filled with uncertainty for young people no longer protected by DACA.


Vice -
8/30/2017

Harvey Has Hit Undocumented Immigrants Worst of All

Officials have promised that undocumented people are safe at shelters. But fear is keeping some of Houston's most vulnerable residents away.


Fox 26 -
7/27/2017

Undocumented man married to an American citizen arrested by ICE

Marriage to a US Citizen has long been a sure way for non-US Citizens to be able to live here in America, but that may soon be changing. A controversial arrest here in Houston has immigrants fearing a hard-lined shift in policy.


KHOU 11 -
6/29/2017

Who can, can't travel under the new travel ban

A scaled-down version of President Trump's travel ban goes into effect Thursday night with the blessing of the Supreme Court.


ABC News -
1/30/2017

Donald Trump hails immigration ban as passengers turned back from US-bound flights

"Just because Trump signed something at 6:00pm yesterday, things are coming to a crashing halt," said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston. "It's scary." She and fellow lawyers worked all night fielding calls from travelers with student and worker visas who were being denied entry into the US and ordered on flights back to the Muslim-majority countries. "These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here," Ms Yegani said. Those with visas from Muslim-majority countries have gone through background checks with US authorities, Ms Yegani noted.


The Nation -
1/30/2017

US immigration curbs cause chaos, anger worldwide

"Just because Trump signed something at 6 pm yesterday, things are coming to a crashing halt," said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston. "It’s scary."


Hurriyet Dailey News -
1/30/2017

US Enforces Travel Ban Amid Protests.

Travelers were handled differently at different points of entry and immigration lawyers advised clients to change their destination to the more lenient airports, said Houston immigration lawyer Mana Yegani.


Trade Arabia Business News Information -
1/30/2017

Trump immigration ban sparks chaos at US airports

"Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing," said immigration lawyer Mana Yegani. "These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here."


France 24 -
1/29/17

The Story of One Resident’s Fight to Enter the US after Immigration Ban

Scores of refugees and US permanent residents are trapped in airports after Trump signed an executive order barring entry for many foreigners. France 24 spoke to a Houston-based lawyer fighting for her client’s right to enter the United States.


BBC -
1/29/17

Mana discusses with the BBC the situation in airports after Trump signs the executive order to restrict select travelers from entering the US.


ABC Australia -
1/29/2017

Donald Trump hails immigration ban as passengers turned back from US-bound flights

Those with visas from Muslim-majority countries have gone through background checks with US authorities, Ms. Yegani noted.


Ripley Today -
1/29/2017

Dual citizens hit by Trump travel bans

Foreign visitors who refuse could be denied entry under proposals currently being discussed, the source said. The report comes as Mana Yegani, a lawyer for the American Immigration Lawyers Association (Alia), claimed that Homeland Security officials have been scanning people's Facebook pages to determine their political views before allowing them into America, The Independent reports.


The Telegraph -
1/29/2017

Donald Trump's travel ban: Boris Johnson lobbies president - as it happened on Sunday January 29

"Houston-based lawyer Mana Yegani said several green card holders, who have the right to live and work in the US, were detained by border agents at American airports hours after President Trump signed the executive order."

"Ms. Yegani's fight for justice continues."


Reuters Zawya -
1/29/2017

Trump ban sparks U.S. immigration chaos, infuriates Muslims

She said officials denied travelers with dual Canadian and Iranian citizenship from boarding planes in Canada to the United States.


Daily Mail -
1/29/2017

Chaos, anger as Trump order halts some Muslim immigrants

Travelers were handled differently at different points of entry and immigration lawyers advised clients to change their destination to the more lenient airports, said Houston immigration lawyer Mana Yegani.


NY Daily News -
1/29/2017

Trump’s refugee ban sparks chaos at U.S. airports as travelers from majority Muslim nations are denied entry


Fortune -
1/28/2017

Trump Refugee Ban Causes Chaos, Panic, Anger Worldwide

Travelers were handled differently at different points of entry and immigration lawyers advised clients to change their destination to the more lenient airports, said Houston immigration lawyer Mana Yegani.


Click 2 Houston -
1/28/2017

Protesters mass at airports to decry Trump's immigration policies

Travelers were handled differently at different points of entry and immigration lawyers advised clients to change their destination to the more lenient airports, said Houston immigration lawyer Mana Yegani.


The Logan Reporter -
1/28/2017

Trump travel bans causing chaos and confusion

Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston, who works with the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said Customs and Border Patrol agents at many airports were unaware of the executive order early on Friday evening. She said she had spent the night fielding calls from travellers with student and worker visas who were being denied entry to the US.


Raw Story -
1/28/2017

It’s working out very nicely’: Trump insists in spite of ‘chaos’ that Muslim ban is going just fine


CNBC -
1/28/2017

Trump ban causes U.S. immigration chaos, draws fury of Muslims, Iran

"These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here."


US Uncut -
1/28/2017

US border patrol is checking people’s Facebook for political views

Ms. Yegani told The Intercept that some of those she has consulted – despite having valid visas – have been interrogated by border agents about their political beliefs before being allowed into the country.


AULA News -
1/28/2017

Trump ban causes US immigration chaos, draws fury of Muslims, Iran


Nigeria Newspapers -
1/28/2017

Confusion, anger as US begins to bar Muslims

Customs and border patrol agents at many airports were unaware of the executive order on Friday evening, said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston, who works with the American Immigration Lawyers Association. Yegani and her fellow lawyers worked through the night fielding calls from travelers with student and worker visas being denied entry into the United States and ordered on flights back to Muslim-majority countries on the list.


EuroNews -
1/28/2017

Chaos, anger as Trump order halts some Muslim immigrants


KHOU11 -
1/28/2017

Protesters mass at airports to decry Trump's immigration policies

Protesters are outraged, they said, over Trump and his executive order on immigration.


Reuters -
1/28/2017

Chaos, anger as Trump order halts some Muslim immigrants

Travelers were handled differently at different points of entry and immigration lawyers advised clients to change their destination to the more lenient airports, said Houston immigration lawyer Mana Yegani.


NH Union Leader -
1/28/2017

Trump immigration ban creates chaos


TRT World -
1/28/2017

Trump bans people from Syria and six other Muslim countries

"9 Iranians were just taken off the plane at Istanbul airport and told that could not fly to the US. 8 had visas. One had a green card."


Mirror UK -
1/28/2017

Tensions rise at JFK Airport as anti-Trump protesters call for arrivals detained under Muslim ban to be released

"Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing," said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston.


Yahoo! News -
1/28/2017

Trump ban causes U.S. immigration chaos, draws fury of Muslims, Iran

"Imagine being put back on a 12-hour flight and the trauma and craziness of this whole thing," said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston. "These are people that are coming in legally. They have jobs here and they have vehicles here."


Newsweek -
1/28/2017

Trump's Refugee Ban, Already Facing Lawsuit, Sows Panic Among Travelers

Customs and border patrol agents at many airports were unaware of the executive order early on in the evening, said Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston, who works with the American Immigration Lawyers Association.


TExas Tribune -
1/28/2017

Trump's travel ban leads to immigrant detainments at Texas airports

“When his plane was taxiing, I spoke with him briefly and said, ‘Listen, they may put you in handcuffs, they may put you in interrogation. Do not under any circumstances give up your green card,” Yegani said, noting that most immigrants traveling back to the United States wouldn’t have received the same guidance.


The Guardian -
1/28/2017

US airports on frontline as Donald Trump's travel ban causes chaos and protests

Mana Yegani, an immigration lawyer in Houston, said she had heard of several people with Iranian passports who were barred from US-bound flights leaving Amsterdam and Frankfurt. A number of other passengers were removed by security personnel just before take-off from the European cities.


Houston Chronicle -
9/22/16

Explained: the other half of illegal immigration
Mana was interviewed and quoted several times about people who overstay their visas.


Dallas Morning News -
12/1/2015

Read her interview about Immigrant offenders languish in prison when native countries reject deportation efforts.


Houston Chronicle -
11/21/2015

Were Syrians "caught" at Texas border, as guv said?
Mana Yegani is quoted regarding the typical procedure for seeking asylum in the United States.


"LEgality of Governor's order on syrian refugees" -
11/17/2015


"Compassion for Syrian refugees" -
11/16/15


"Teacher Detained 3 Months in Airport's Constitution-Free Zone" - 12/1/2014

BBC Farsi

Mana Yegani was interviewed during a live segment.