When Trump’s New Travel Ban Goes Into Effect, Watch the Border Agents

March 7, 2017
The New Yorker

...In the wake of the first travel ban, the Center for Constitutional Rights and Cardozo Law School filed a complaint to the inspector general of D.H.S., detailing the “havoc,” “fear,” and “confusion” wrought by C.B.P. agents as they executed Trump’s orders. Travellers were held incommunicado and denied food and medical services while being pressured to sign away basic legal protections. One woman, a doctor from Sudan who’d returned to New York by way of Saudi Arabia, said she was detained at J.F.K. for ten hours and told by agents that if she didn’t sign a form agreeing to leave the country immediately she would be barred from the U.S. for five years. An Iranian father, held for eighteen hours at LAX with no food or a place to sleep, was allegedly carried, against his will, onto a plane to Dubai after he refused to sign a similar document. The most worrisome charges, which D.H.S. denies, were multiple claims that C.B.P. agents at a number of different airports ignored court orders to halt deportations and to allow travellers to confer with their lawyers. ...

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March 8, 2017