American Student On ‘No Fly’ List Forced To Walk Across Border
An American student was forced to walk across the U.S-Mexico border after he discovered he was on the government’s no-fly list.
What is going on with the TSA? Last month we brought you the story of an 18-month-old girl whose name showed up on a ‘no fly’ list. And now this outrage.
Along with his two brothers and father, the 27-year-old, who is a Muslim, was detained and questioned by FBI agents at the U.S. Embassy in San Jose. After three hours of interrogation, his father and brothers were given permission to fly home, but Kevin was told he could not fly. Officials told him that in order to get back home, he would have to fly into Tijuana, Mexico, and then walk across the border. (A distance of about 20 miles.)
Apparently, Americans on the ‘no fly’ list are allowed to enter the U.S. by boat or on foot.
Iraniha’s brother Johan told KCAL 9 that he was furious that his brother was subjected to such treatment.
“I definitely am angry, I’m very upset about it and I want to do as much as I can but I also wanna make sure that he’s here so we can definitely tackle the situation together, so I could see how he feels, how he was treated,” said Johan.
From The Daily Mail:
Looking bleary eyed and exhausted, Mr Iraniha was finally reunited with his family in San Ysdiro last Thursday.
In an interview with NBC San Diego the graduate described his ordeal as ‘very tiring and very depressing’.
He added: ‘I’m happy to be home, finally in my hometown where I was born and raised.’
Iraniha was given no explanation as to why he was on the ‘no fly’ list. It seems that just being Muslim is enough reason, since the recent graduate has no criminal record. Under the U.S. Privacy Act, the FBI will not confirm nor deny an individual’s inclusion on the list, which has more than 20,000 names on it. Around 500 of them are U.S. citizens.
A family member did confirm to a San Diego-area station that Iraniha had traveled to Egypt during the uprising that led to the ouster of Hosni Mubarak last year, but denied he was “the revolutionary type”. Is that enough to get someone on this infamous list?
The Council on American-Islamic relations is now examining Iraniha’s case.
What do you think of the way Kevin Iraniha was treated?
Photo Credit: screenshot from KCAL 9 News