The Poet Who Was Turned Away 

01 Feb

In the early years of the last decade, following the shock of 9/11, with George W. Bush in office and the U.S. military interventions in Iraq and Afghanistan under way, security at American airports was beefed up considerably, under the newly created Department of Homeland Security. Travellers of all types were subjected to greater security checks, and immigration agents were more routinely frosty than they were before. Visitors of certain ethnicities and nationalities, especially Arabs and people from Muslim countries, were increasingly treated with mistrust by American immigration officials. Stories of humiliating episodes abounded and circulated widely in the Middle East. Some of them, sadly, were true.

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Posted by on February 1, 2017 in Middle East, North America


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