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Inspectors React to President Donald Trump Ordered Muslim Ban January 29, 2017

Maysam Sodagari, 32, from San Francisco, California was sailing aboard Royal Caribbean Cruise Lines' Allure of the Seas during a Caribbean cruise on January 29, 2017, when he disembarked at Port Everglades, Florida and was immediately separated from his friends and placed in an interrogation room.

Allure of the Seas left Port Everglades on Sunday January 22 on a 7-night cruise with calls at Cozumel, Mexico, Costa Maya, Mexico and Labadee, Haiti before returning to Port Everglades.

Sodagari is a researcher in biotechnology, who emigrated from Iran, but has been living in the United States for nine years, under a permanent resident card, also known as a green card. He has not been back to Iran since he left. He is at double risk for harassment because he is gay.

President Donald Trump signed an executive order Friday January 27, 2017, while Sodagari was on this cruise, that temporarily banned refugees, visa holders, and green card holders from seven majority Muslim nations, including Iran, from entering the United States.

Maysam Sodagari said in a media interview, "I was very nervous, confused," said Sodagari, a researcher in biotechnology who said he has not been back to Iran since he emigrated to the U.S. He was held an interrogated for two hours before being released.

Sodagari posted on Facebook after being detained, "I left the port with a legal status for a Gay Cruise," Sodagari wrote. "Now I may not be able to enter the US tomorrow. My future is all unclear just by a sudden change in the law. If I get detained and sent back to Iran, at least I lived the life to the fullest as a gay man in the U.S., and I want to thank you all fir [sic] being part of the experience."

The Islamic Penal Code of the Islamic Republic of Iran prohibits same-sex sexual intercourse. Homosexuality is a crime punishable by imprisonment, corporal punishment, or by execution. Gay men have faced stricter enforcement actions under the law than lesbians. Homosexual acts of a male person in cases other than livat and tafkhiz, such as kissing or touching as a result of lust, are punishable by thirty-one to seventy-four lashes of ta’zir punishment of the sixth grade.

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Who is Maysam Sodagari? The video posted on this page tells a little about Maysam Sodagari, who is an educated, articulate, well-spoken, amazing young man.

More importantly, Sodagari is a well-respected scientist and Senior Fermentation Associate at Grifols Diagnostic Solutions. He has written numerous scholarly papers on Microbial Fermentation, Bioprocess and Biofilm formation. Sodagari has been cited 87 times by Google, for scholarly papers he has written from 2009 to 2014. He has also worked as a Fermentation Research Associate at Novartis Vaccines and Diagnostics.

  • Initial bacterial attachment in slow flowing systems: effects of cell and substrate surface properties
  • Effects of rhamnolipids and shear on initial attachment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa PAO1 in glass flow chambers
  • Effect of rhamnolipids on initial attachment of bacteria on glass and octadecyltrichlorosilane-modified glass
  • Effects of shear on initial bacterial attachment in slow flowing systems
  • Cells Were a More Important Foaming Factor than Free Rhamnolipids in Fermentation of Pseudomonasaeruginosa E03-40 for High Rhamnolipid Production
  • Optimization of Production and Recovery of Rhamnolipids and Study of Their Effect on Bacterial Attachment
  • Reduction in initial attachment of Pseudomonas aeruginosa, Pseudomonas putida and Escherichia coli by rhamnolipids
  • Initial bacterial attachment in slow flowing systems: The effects of substrate surface hydrophobicity
  • BIOT 92-Rhamnolipid production by free and immobilized denitrifying Pseudomonas aeruginosa

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