Gov. Inslee Says CBP Denials Of Detaining Iranians Are 'Simply Not Credible'

Gov. Inslee Says CBP Denials Of Detaining Iranians Are 'Simply Not Credible'

Gov. Inslee Says CBP Denials Of Detaining Iranians Are 'Simply Not Credible'

Over 60 naturalized Iranians and Iranian-Americans of various ages were reportedly detained on Sunday by USA authorities at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Washington, as they returned home from a pop concert in Vancouver. "Reports that DHS/CBP has issued a related directive are also false", Friel said.

The news comes amid heightened tensions between Washington and Iran, after the killing of Qassem Suleimani, Iran's top general, in a drone strike ordered by Donald Trump.

US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) has issued a denial.

Crystal's family reached out to Iranian American writer and community organiser Hoda Katebi, who then took the matter to CAIR-WA.

Another family they were traveling with was similarly detained, and they said they saw about two dozen other families - all of Iranian descent - in the same waiting area, Hekmati said. "Iranians who have been born and raised in the US are literally being ILLEGALLY DETAINED for 11+ hours for NO REASON & interrogated with intrusive and inappropriate questions about political opinions, what courses they or their parents studied in college", Katebi tweeted.

CAIR-Washington's executive director, Masih Fouladi, said the reports of detentions "are extremely troubling and potentially constitute illegal detentions of United States citizens".

"'Based on the current threat environment, CBP is operating with an enhanced posture at its ports of entry to safeguard our national security and protect the America people while simultaneously protecting the civil rights and liberties of everyone", Friel said in a statement.

"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", Crystal said. "We will continue to update the community and other civil rights organizations as we obtain more information".

The Cair statement included a claim that an order had been issued to border agents to "report" and detain anyone of Iranian heritage, regardless of citizenship status, who is deemed potentially suspicious or "adversarial".

Most reports, it said, however, had originated from the Peace Arch border crossing in Blaine, Washington.

The National Iranian-American Council (NIAC) said it is also "hearing credible reports of detentions at USA borders, both of Iranian-Americans and permanent residents". My office has been working on this all morning, ' she tweeted Sunday afternoon.

The spokes asserted that increased border security is a standard response to heightened tensions with Iran, and stressed that longer wait times were an unintended effect for some travelers but did not elaborate on who those particular travelers would be, according to The Hill.

Newsweek has contacted CBP, the NIAC, CAIR-WA and the office of Lt. Governor Cyrus Habib for comment for this article.

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