United States now illegally detaining dozens of Iranian-Americans of all ages
In what is bringing shocking recollections of what the United States did to Japanese-Americans during World War 2, the United States is now illegally detaining Iranian-Americans of all ages at the border.
US Customs and Border Protection is making the detaining's due to a new, nationwide notice from the Trump administration to "report" and detain "suspicious" Iranians entering the country, regardless of whether they are American or not.
It was reported on Saturday that so far more than sixty such detainings have occurred. Many more were being turned away from crossing into the United States because border control did not have enough room to detain them all.
Currently, Customs and Border Protection is refusing to specify just how many Iranian-Americans are still detained.
A lot of Iranian-Americans made the crossing along the Canadian border in Washington state because of an Iranian pop concert being held in Vancouver, Canada. When they tried to come back into the United States, that's when they started having trouble.
Among some of the findings and allegations so far: Complaints of passports being confiscated and questionings about political views, allegiances, what courses they studied in college, and other irrelevant and unconstitutional questions.
One example: Crystal, a 24 year old American citizen and medical student, says she was detained for more than 10 hours with her family at the Peace Arch Border crossing before being released early this morning.
"The vast majority of people being held last night were American citizens," said Crystal. "We kept asking why we were being detained and asked questions that had nothing to do with our reason for traveling and was told 'I'm sorry this is just the wrong time for you guys.'"
The press release issued by Hoda Katebi with CAIR Washington claims that they have been in touch with the ACLU along with many other national Iranian and civil rights and advocacy groups. Hoda says that they are working adamantly to make sure all affected are provided adequate legal support to stop the illegal detentions.
In the meantime, she is helping to pass out a KNOW YOUR RIGHTS pamphlet so detainees will know what is and isn't appropriate.
The detentions are likely to be challenged in court soon.