Uh, oh. Khizr Khan’s I-can’t-travel-to-Canada story appears to have major holes

Photo: Anthony Moretti 16July2016

Khizr Khan said he couldn’t travel to Canada to deliver a speech because his travel privileges were under review. But the Washington Post reports there are major holes in his claims.

The newspaper states

The announcement on Monday coincided with President Donald Trump’s rewritten order to temporarily ban entry of citizens from six Muslim-majority nations to the United States. Khan has been a U.S. citizen for more than 30 years and was born in Pakistan, which is not one of the six nations. …

The Canadian foreign ministry also denied issuing any review of Khan’s ability to travel there.

“We are unaware of any restrictions regarding this traveler,” said Camielle Edwards, spokeswoman for Canada’s Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen.

William Stock, president of the American Immigration Lawyers Association, said it’s not clear what “travel privileges” Khan was referring to.

“The use of that term makes no sense,” Stock told The Atlantic. “International travel has generally been seen as a right for U.S. citizens, not a privilege.”

The CBC offered a similar assessment of what Khan said, noting

U.S. Customs and Border Protection said it does not contact travellers in advance of their travel out of the United States.

“With respect to Global Entry or trusted traveller membership, CBP’s engagement is about the status of membership in the program, not any particular travel itself,” the statement said, adding that any U.S. citizen with a passport can travel without trusted traveller status.

Khan drew acclaim (and criticism) after addressing the 2016 Democratic National Convention and demanding that Muslims be treated with dignity. His son was a U.S. Army captain who was awarded a Gold Star.

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