It seems that the US authorities are being stricter about whom they are letting into the country, following Donald Trump’s 90-day ban on travellers from seven Muslim states. But the detention for 10 hours at Houston airport of a French-Jewish academic born in Egypt is baffling – not least because Egypt is not one of the seven states. JTA reports (with thanks: Michelle):
Henry Rousso: mistaken for an ‘illegal alien’
WASHINGTON (JTA) – U.S.
authorities came close to deporting an Egyptian-born French Jewish
Holocaust-era scholar on his way to speak at a symposium at Texas
Henry Rousso was detained for ten hours starting Wednesday evening in
Houston. The university enlisted one of its law professors who
specializes in immigrant rights to intervene, The Eagle, a news site
covering the Bryan-College Station area, where the university is
located, reported on Saturday.
The newspaper reported that there was a “misunderstanding” regarding
Rousso’s visa, leading authorities to classify him as an illegal alien.
Rousso confirmed his ordeal on Twitter.