The Biden administration’s decision to grant an entry visa to an Iranian with connections to that nation’s terrorist fighters and Qassem Soleimani is being investigated by Congress.
The probe is being led by Rep. Jim Banks (R-IN), who is asking why a visa was granted to Parviz Parastui. Banks, a member of the House Armed Services Committee, says that Parastui has an “overt connection” to the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corp (IRGC).
That group has been designated by the U.S. as a terror organizaiton that is alleged to be responsible for many American deaths.
Parastui was allowed entry into the U.S. to attend a film event in Los Angeles in April. That event was organized by the leftist and anti-Israel organization Code Pink. While in L.A., Parastui was shown on camera assaulting an Iranian dissident who opposed Iran’s record of human rights abuses.
Parastui signed a letter in 2020 that condemned the Trump administration for killing Soleimani.
Banks told the Washington Free Beacon that Parastui’s connections to the IRGC and Soleimani should prevent him from freely entering the U.S.
The trip to America by Parastui came while Iran and the IRGC were actively threatening to assassinate U.S. officials. The Biden administration has been considering lifting the terror designation from the IRGC as part of its negotiations designed to encourage Iran to enter into some form of renewal of the Obama-era 20215 nuclear deal.
In a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken and Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas, Banks noted that Parastui has been directly involved in IRGC projects. He also stated that Parastui is an active Iranian propagandist, who has “played roles in numerous pro-regime and pro-IRGC films.” Banks noted that Parastui “never shies away” from public expressions of his loyalty to the IRGC.
The State Department refused to make a press statement regarding Parastui’s visa, citing confidentiality statutes.
Parastui has given numerous television interviews praising Soleimani and has been photographed meeting with him in the past along with other IRGC members.
Banks also warned in his letter of the dangers of delisting the IRGC as a terror organization. He said he could “only imagine” how the IRGC would rush into the U.S. to carry out terrorist activities inside the country.
Banks demanded that the State Department and the DHS respond to his letter no later than May 20 by explaining the details involved in the decisions to grant Parastui entry into the U.S.