It Sure Seems Like A Muslim Ban

But this is not a ban on Muslims. Or something (boldface mine):

A spate of Muslim travelers in the United States, both American citizens and green card holders, have claimed U.S. Customs and Border Protection revoked their Global Entry cards, several immigration lawyers said in interviews with Mic.

Global Entry is a program run by CBP, which provides expedited entry through customs checkpoints at U.S. airports to vetted travelers.

Other travelers said their Global Entry applications were denied — without explanation — after being told in person they were approved after screenings and interviews, according to the lawyers. Greg Siskind, attorney and board member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, has been leading the charge in investigating these cases and called for examples on Twitter in early February.

“So far, we have heard from eight to nine people who are all Muslim,” he said. “We expect that number to grow.”

…Siskind said CBP has not provided reasons for the revocations. But he did lay out a timeline: Muslims started losing their Global Entry cards after President Donald Trump signed an executive order restricting U.S. travel by refugees and citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries.

According to Siskind, though, the revocations extend beyond the countries targeted on the ban list — Syria, Yemen, Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Sudan and Libya — and has even affected American citizens.

Heena Musabji, a Chicago-based attorney, said in a phone interview she’s heard of three cases since the start of Trump’s travel ban in which Muslim U.S. citizens were denied Global Entry without explanation….

In November, [U.S. citizen] Askari went through CBP’s in-person screening and interview process. He was told he was approved and would receive his card in the mail, but in February — after Trump’s travel ban was put into effect — Askari received an email from CBP notifying him of a change in his Global Entry eligibility status. He later learned he was denied.

“The reasoning I received was that I ‘failed to satisfy CBP low-risk status,'” Askari told Mic in a phone interview. “I provided all the right information. I don’t even have a speeding ticket. There’s nothing in my record at all.”

Mind you, the consequences of this idiotic policy will have no effect on security, but it will ‘put Muslims in their place’:

Askari is also considering litigation if he doesn’t receive a response from CBP soon. But what’s more heartbreaking for Askari than the CBP’s lack of response is that he escaped persecution in Pakistan to only feel persecuted in the U.S., he said.

“I’m a Shia Muslim from Pakistan; we go through persecution there,” Askari said. “Persecution is nothing new to me. I migrated to the U.S. to avoid that stuff and not go backwards.”

I hate what Trump, Republicans, and those who vote for Trump have done to our country. There will never be enough penance for those sin-sick souls.

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