A comedian who has been allowed to live in the United States after receiving a political asylum says he was forced to leave a Grayhound bus Sunday by US border agents who refuse to believe he is legal here.
Mohannad Elshayek, originally from Libya, said in Twitter that federal agents are boarding a bus leaving from Spokane, Washington, on their way to Portland, Oregon, and direct him and several other passengers, asking them to go down from the bus to check immigration
"They … took my papers and questioned me about 20 minutes, then they claimed my documents were fake and I was" illegal, "Elshiki said
Elshiki said that continues to insist that his papers are legitimate and that even after he has checked with immigration a telephone officer who told him the comedian was legal in the country, the agent accused him of being illegal in the States
Finally, after Elshiying His Land, they let the matter in. They warned him to carry his papers with him, which, Elssee says, "does not mean anything because I did it and they said they were fake."
Elsheik's post was reissued more than 2,000 times and received more than 20,000 "likes." Elshieky, who was highlighted by comedian Conan O'Brien as a comedian for watching, came to the US with a J-1
One of those responding to his tweet was Rep. Alexandria Occasio-Cortez, DN.Y., who uses Elsheiky's account to resume appeals for the abolition of immigration and customs enforcement (ICE).
She writes, "One of these days, I hope people understand that the idea that ICE has to be scrapped is not" I'm not so crazy. ICE closes children in non-profit retention centers funded by private funds. Children die without responsibility. If this is not totally disrupted, I do not know what it is. "
For its part, the US border patrol confirmed Elsheik's story about the incident, the agency said in a news statement:" US Border Guard patrol agents, Spokane, met with an individual on Sunday at the Intercampal "Spokane" bus stop, which does not have the immigration documents required by law. "
" When carrying out transport checks, the agents have contacted Mohannad Elshieek. Libya and representatives of the agency with Oregon driver's license and EAD, the statement said. After about 20 minutes to confirm his status, Mr. Elshiki was allowed to board the bus and continue his journeys immediately. "
A lot of Twitter targets a greyhound that previously drew a fire to reduce immigration checks for passengers and serve a quasi-immigration checkpoint
Various chapters from the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) have taken an exception to Greyhound's position
Vermont's ACLU called the searches for a passenger violation
Border patrol officials say federal laws allow them to do such searches
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