US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) issued a statement Sunday night to deny claims that, over the weekend, it had enacted a policy of targeted detentions of Iranian-Americans entering the country. The claims were made by the Washington branch of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR), which believed that more than 60 people had been detained Sunday at just one border crossing in Washington state.
According to CAIR-WA, the organization had spoken to three Iranian-American families who said they had been detained at the Peace Arch border crossing for up to 11 hours. One woman claimed that, after telling CBP agents they were born in Iran, she and her husband were questioned about their social media usage, education and military service.
CBP denies the allegations. In a statement, the agency said,
“Social media posts that CBP is detaining Iranian-Americans and refusing their entry into the U.S. because of their country of origin are false. Reports that DHS/CBP has issued a related directive are also false.”
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