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An Oscar-nominated director can't attend the Academy Awards because of Trump's ban

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Under the terms of President Trump's recent immigration ban, an Iranian director won't be let into the United States to attend the Feb. 26 Academy Awards ceremony, according to CBS News. Iran is one of the seven predominantly Muslim nations, including Iraq, Syria, Sudan, Libya, Somalia and Yemen, in which its residents are barred entry into the U.S. for 90 days, the New York Times reported.

Asghar Farhadi's "The Salesman" received a nomination for best foreign film--a category he won in 2012 with "A Separation."

Trita Parsi, the president of the National Iranian American Council, confirmed the news on Twitter early Saturday. 

He "won't be let into the US to attend Oscar's [sic]."

Prior to Trump's refugee ban, Muslim actors and actresses were already making political gestures. Iranian actress Taraneh Alidoosti, who starred in Farhadi's "The Salesman," planned to boycott the awards ceremony to protest Trump's immigration policies.  

Alidoosti sent a clear and direct message.

Non-U.S. residents aren't the ones affected by the immigration ban. Thousands of legal permanent residents, who possess valid green cards and visas, found themselves at odds with Trump's order when they attempted to return to the U.S, the New York Times reported. That meant that an Iranian scientist headed to a lab in Boston, an Iraqi who worked for the U.S. Army, and a Syrian refugee granted asylum in the States would not be allowed to continue on with their original plans.


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