Donald Trump’s executive order banning citizens from seven predominantly Muslim countries caused worldwide chaos. The order was written without thought while travelers, including children, were still in the air en route to this country. But now, there are even deeper concerns that U.S. border patrol agents are targeting minorities, asking them about their faith in America’s newly minted alleged president.
The Guardian reports:
This week, Canadian citizen Fadwa Alaoui said she was denied entry to the US after border officials asked probing questions about her Muslim faith and her views on Trump.
Alaoui was born in Morocco but has lived in Canada for more than 20 years, traveling to the US regularly to visit family. But on her way to Vermont for a day of shopping with two of her children and an adult cousin, she was stopped for four hours at the border.
Alaoui wears a hijab and said that border officials asked her several questions about her faith. “He said ‘Do you practice? Which mosque do you go to? What is the name of the imam? How often do you go to the mosque? What kind of discussions do you hear in the mosque? Does the imam talk to you directly?’”
But it didn’t end there.
U.S. border agents then examined her phone and asked questions about Arabic videos on the device. Alaoui explained that the videos were of daily prayers she had received from friends in order to help her and her son as he went through chemo. Later, one of the agents told her that the videos were why she was being blocked from entry.
“I felt humiliated, treated as if I was less than nothing. It’s as if I wasn’t Canadian,” she said.
A staff attorney for the ACLU said, “We have heard reports that CBP has been exceeding its authority or targeting Muslims and members of specific racial and ethnic communities in the chaos surrounding the implementation of the executive order.”
To reiterate: She wore a hijab. She is not white. She was asked about her views on Trump. None of what happened to her is constitutional. Before Trump, separation of church and state was a thing. And now in 2017, it’s a target.
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