Fox News reports that according to Iranian official Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour, the Obama administration granted ‘naturalized citizenship’ to 2,500 Iranians as a favor to senior Iranian officials during the negotiations over the Nuke Deal. It shows there were possibly even more lies surrounding that deal that we previously thought. But is it Fake News or real news? Truth or Fiction?
“When Obama, during the negotiations about the JCPOA, decided to do a favor to these men, he granted citizenship to 2,500 Iranians and some officials started a competition over whose children could be part of these 2,500 Iranians…If today these Iranians get deported from America, it will become clear who is complicit and sells the national interest like he is selling candies to America.” Hojjat al-Islam Mojtaba Zolnour
Could he actually grant “naturalized citizenship” or just a green card? Former State Department spokesperson under Obama, Marie Harf, called it “made-up bs.” But of course, we don’t believe her either, given her former boss.
The State Department had no comment for Fox News regarding the claim. The claim was made during an interview with Zolnour in the Etemad newspaper, and then cited by Iran’s Fars News Agency. According to the reports, around 30-60 Iranian elites live and study in the U.S..
According to the Daily Mail,
“Though Zolnour did not mention anyone by name, several children of current and former Iranian officials live in the United States, including Ali Fereydoun, whose father Hossein Fereydoun is the brother of and special aide to Rouhani; and Fatemeh Ardeshir Larijani, whose father Ali Larijani is speaker of parliament.
There is no suggestion either of these people received citizenship in the wake of the Iranian nuclear deal. It’s also unclear if Zolnour meant citizenship or a green card.
The cleric’s claim could, in the U.S., fuel Republican complaints about the concessions made by the Obama administration during those negotiations – including not just sanctions relief, but the $1.7 billion payment supposedly tied to a legal settlement that coincided with the 2016 release of American prisoners.
In 2015, 13,114 people born in Iran were issued green cards, while 13,298 were issued one in 2016, according to the Department for Homeland Security. In 2015, 10,344 Iranians became naturalized, with a further 9,507 in 2016.”
Thanks to the current repressive regime in Iran, ordinary citizens there live in a hell zone. But having the elite receive favors could make the people even angrier.
“Many ordinary Iranians are surprised and feel betrayed that children of the regime officials live and work in the U.S.. The regime officials chant death to America but send their children to the U.S., away from the hell they have created in Iran over the past four decades.” Saeed Ghasseminejad, a research fellow at the Foundation for Defense of Democracies
Ghasseminejad told Fox News that average Iranians want the US to deport them and don’t understand how they can get such favors when there is a travel ban in place in America.