My friend Angelo Paparelli writes about something that is probably on the minds of many immigration lawyers who've been practicing for more than a few years - will Congress and the President treat Iranian students in the US the same as we did for Chinese students 20 years ago when young people in that country rose up against an oppressive government?

Harken back to the fallout from the Chinese Communists' quelling of
democracy with tanks and bloodshed in Tieneman Square.  The Congress
and the first President Bush took two-and-a-half years to protect the Chinese citizens who feared return to the Peoples Republic by passing the Chinese Student Protection Act of 1992
That law allowed a generation of primarily young Chinese to obtain
permanent residence in the U.S., and probably contributed significantly
to the decade of innovation and prosperity that followed.  However
President Obama decides to respond to events on the ground in Iran, the
Congress should immediately hold hearings and speedily enact
legislation, much like CSPA '92, that would allow the thousands of Iranian citizens now in the U.S. to apply for permanent residence. 


Secretary of State Hillary Clinton could also take a page from
history by easing the standard for granting U.S. nonimmigrant visas to
Iranians as State did when many pro-Western Iranians were fleeing Iran
with the fall of the Shah.  As memory serves, State instructed consular
officers to apply the requirement that a visa applicant must intend to
return to the person's country of residence by considering, in the case
of Iranians, whether the person would be likely to return to Iran if
and when the political instability there were to ease.