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Rep. Zeldin Provides Update on Stony Brook Univ Grad Student Detained at JFK Airport

January 29, 2017
Press Release

Patchogue, NY – Congressman Lee Zeldin (R, NY-1), member of the House Foreign Affairs Committee, released the following statement providing an update today on Stony Brook University graduate student, Vahideh Rasekhi, who has been detained at JFK Airport: 

“My office and I have been directly involved in the case regarding the Stony Brook University graduate who is being detained at JFK Airport after returning to the United States from a visit to Iran. We have received confirmation that she should be released this afternoon. We will continue to monitor this situation closely to ensure that she is released." 
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