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CBP officers instructed to target Iranian and Iranian-American travelers following U.S. assassination of General Soleimani

  1. Original Date Announced

    January 5, 2020

    Seattle field office leaked memo shows CBP ordered to report and detain individuals of Iranian heritage, regardless of citizenship status. Press reports indicate that more than 60 Americans of Iranian descent, as well as numerous lawful permanent residents, were held at the US-Canadian border in secondary inspection and questioned at length based on DHS instructions. [ID #445]

    Iranian Supreme Leader Vows Forceful Revenge after US Kills Maj. General Qassim Suleimani in Baghdad - Threat Alert High
  2. Effective Date

    January 5, 2020

Current Status

Fully in Effect

Original Trump Policy Status

Status: Final/Actual
Trump Administration Action: Agency Directive
Subject Matter: Border
Agencies Affected: CBP


  • CAIR on CBP detention of Iranians and Iranian Americans at border

    The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR-WA) is assisting more than 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans of all ages who were detained at length and questioned at the Peace Arch Border Crossing in Blaine, Wash. Many more were reportedly refused entry to the United States due to a lack of capacity for Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) to detain them. Go to article

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