nova scotia newlywed - canadian citizen of 12 years - fingerprinted, then refused entry into u.s.

[redsock guest post]

Another story from The Land Of The Free™:

CBC (my bold):
A newlywed Nova Scotia woman hoping to visit her husband in the United States says she wasn't allowed to board a flight at Halifax Stanfield International Airport this week because she is a Muslim.

Ayat Manna, 25, of Dartmouth, said she thinks she was picked out of the crowd Monday night because she wears a Muslim headscarf. She said U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents questioned her for four hours, fingerprinted her and then escorted her out of the airport. ...

Originally from Jordan, Manna has lived in Nova Scotia for 15 years and has been a Canadian citizen for 12 years. ...

"They asked me about my background, how much I pay in rent and why I don't own my own house. I don't know why they ask me these questions, if I'm pregnant or not," she said. ...

Manna said she wasn't told why she wasn't being allowed in to the United States, but she has her own ideas about that.

"Well, since they picked me, I'm the only one with a scarf on. They picked me out of the whole group, and I think that's what it is — because I'm a Muslim," Manna said. "That's what it is."


Scott M. said...

Again, I'm going to be a contrarian here. I suspect the reason for the denial was that it appeared she had just married this USian, had a one-way ticket to go see him, and there seemed to be nothing keeping her there.

Now, it's possible she was selected for initial screening because of what she looked like, and if the reason she was selected was because she "looked Muslim" that's inappropriate. But once selected, I would have to say it sounds (on first brush) like a legitimate denail of entry.

L-girl said...

Out of context, one can explain away almost anything. In context of what's going on in the US these days, these explanations look pretty thin.

Scott M. said...

Coming from the standpoint of having sent people over to immigration for similar reasons (declared they're going to visit their new husband/wife, have a lot of luggage, don't have a job at home), this seems like a pretty normal thing to do. And yes, it's quite common.

Don't forget, it's not like she was pulled out of a crowd of people standing at the luggage carousel, she was selected for further screening after presenting herself to the border officer.