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Senate Democrats are asking the Trump administration if U.S. citizens were detained at airports and other ports of entry due to Iranian heritage after reports that Iranian-Americans were held at border checkpoints earlier this month amid heightened tensions between Washington and Tehran.
Twenty Senate Democrats signed onto a letter to the department on Tuesday asking acting Customs and Border Protection (CPB) Commissioner Mark Morgan for answers regarding the reports of officers detaining travelers in early January based on Iranian national origin.
The article goes on to state the following:
“As you are aware, CBP has the crucial responsibility of facilitating legitimate trade and travel through our ports of entry,” the Democrats wrote.
“It is imperative that CBP follows our laws and does not discriminate based upon protected characteristics, as prolonged detainment of travelers based on discriminatory practices is a clear violation of CBP guidance,” the continues. “It is also vital that U.S. citizens and other travelers posing no risk to the homeland are not subject to unnecessary delay or unjustified intrusions as they transit across our border.”
NEW LETTER: If reports are true that @CBP detained U.S. citizens at ports of entry or airports based solely on their Iranian national origin, that is a clear violation of our nation’s values and @CBP guidance.
@SenFeinstein, @PattyMurray and I are demanding answers from @CBP. pic.twitter.com/zvFvhQnqbZ
— Senator Tom Carper (@SenatorCarper) January 14, 2020
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