[ISICRC staff] – An Iranian opposition website, AmadNews, is reporting that Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to allocate 2800 U.S. Green Cards from the visa lottery system to individuals whose names were submitted by the Iranian regime.
AmadNews says that the deal will benefit regime agents and family members, some of whom are currently in the United States, and was a secret side agreement of the July 2015 nuclear deal, known as the JCPOA.
The report claims that the 2800 visas will technically be allocated to holders of Iranian, Iraq, or Syrian passports, but that the individuals whose names ultimately get submitted to the State Department for approval will be selected by the Iranian regime authorities.
The report says that the purpose of these green cards is to provide legal status to individuals said to control “billions of dollars” of Iranian regime assets in the United States. Among other projects, Tehran wants these individuals to finance construction of the Beverly Hills Mosque in Los Angeles, “one of the big investments of Islamic Republic of Iran in the United States.”
However, an analysis of contributions and loans made by the Iranian regime Alavi Foundation of New York before its assets were forfeited to the U.S. government in 2008 shows no contributions to the Islamic Center of Beverly Hills.
The opposition news report claims that learning about this secret side deal to the JCPOA helped convince President Trump to include Iran in his temporary moratorium on immigration from seven predominantly Muslim countries, and that this is why Iranian regime authorities criticized that Executive Order as a “violation” of the JCPOA.
The report further claims that the visa deal between the U.S. and Iran was aimed at keeping Iranian regime assets in the United States, while transferring ownership to the new green holders, many of whom were “persons close to senior officials of the Islamic Revolutionary Guards Corps.”
The report claims that the pro-Tehran lobbying organization, NIAC, run by Swedish-Iranian Trita Parsi, has raised several million dollars to support protests against the Trump immigration moratorium.
AmadNews has a large following inside Iran and is believed to have sources within the Iranian regime who regularly leak sensitive information.
Separately, a website close to former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohsen Rezai, also notes that “a group of Iranian, Iraqi, and Syrian passport holders were granted U.S. green cards and bought properties worth more than $2 million in Los Angeles a few months before the end of the Obama administration.”
Tabnak claims that the son of Masoumeh Ebtekar, head of Iran’s environmental protection organization, is one of the 2800 persons who got a green card through this JCPOA side agreement.