Khizr Khan's 'Travel Privileges' Claim Causes Confusion

Lawyers aren't sure 'what the heck he is talking about'
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 8, 2017 6:03 AM CST
Mystery Surrounds Khizr Khan's 'Travel Privileges' Claim
Khizr Khan, watches on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Jan. 10, 2017, during the Senate Judiciary Committee confirmation hearing for Jeff Sessions.   (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Gold Star father Khizr Khan's claim that he couldn't deliver a talk in Canada because of a warning that his " travel privileges are being reviewed" is causing a lot of confusion. Khan—a leading Trump critic who has spoken out strongly against the administration's travel bans—has been an American citizen for decades and doubts have surfaced about how the government could have prevented an American citizen from traveling to another country, especially Canada, where no visa is required, the Washington Post reports. Canadian immigration officials tell the CBC that they know of no restrictions that would have kept Khan out of the country. Further, Kahn was born in Pakistan, which is not one of the six countries involved in the revised ban.

Immigration lawyer William Stock, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, tells the Atlantic that he finds the claim puzzling. Khan "has not provided any details that would allow me to figure out what the heck he’s talking about," adding that he's not sure what Khan means by "travel privileges." "The use of that term makes no sense," he says. "International travel has generally been seen as a right for US citizens, not a privilege." So far, Khan has declined to speak to the Post or other outlets to clear up the confusion. (More Khizr Khan stories.)

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