‘Welcome to America’: Australia’s first female Muslim parliamentarian ‘interrogated’ at LAX

  • metta

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    Jan 15, 2016 8:36 PM GMT
    ‘Welcome to America’: Australia’s first female Muslim parliamentarian ‘interrogated’ at LAX


    Mehreen Faruqi is a member of the Australian parliament, representing New South Wales, ABC Australia reports. She posted to Twitter on Thursday that she flew into LAX and was promptly fingerprinted. Airport security then asked her how she and her travel companions “got” Australian passports.

    “Welcome to America,” she wrote wryly.

    Faruqi immigrated to Australia from Pakistan in 1992 and joined the Greens Party in 2004. She became a member of parliament in 2013.

    Faruqi told ABC Australia she was traveling to the U.S. to learn about drug law reform, and also to visit family.

    “Being asked how ‘we got’ Australian passports and then about my Pakistani history clearly points towards racial profiling,” she said in a statement to the news agency.

    “It is quite ridiculous, nerve wracking and scary to be treated so suspiciously for no reason and sent off to be interrogated,” she continued. “There is no excuse for treating people this way. I’ve come to the US to find out more about drugs policy reform and to meet family. To be treated with such hostility at Los Angeles airport is the last thing you expect.”

    http://www.rawstory.com/2016/01/welcome-to-america-australias-first-female-muslim-parliamentarian-interrogated-at-lax/
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    Jan 15, 2016 10:46 PM GMT
    Oh please! Dragged? Interrogated? She was taken into another room, fingerprinted and asked (from what I gleaned from the article) one question. If she wants to be offended with someone, she needs to be offended with her fellow Muslims who are making the world an unsafe place and are the reason why these precautions are taken. She should be grateful precautions are being taken for her safety. No, she chose the poor me, victim status everyone is so ready to embrace.
  • HottJoe

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    Jan 15, 2016 10:59 PM GMT
    UndercoverMan saidOh please! Dragged? Interrogated? She was taken into another room, fingerprinted and asked (from what I gleaned from the article) one question. If she wants to be offended with someone, she needs to be offended with her fellow Muslims who are making the world an unsafe place and are the reason why these precautions are taken. She should be grateful precautions are being taken for her safety. No, she chose the poor me, victim status everyone is so ready to embrace.

    Where does it stop? We stop and frisk African Americans, stop and frisk Mexicans, stop and frisk Muslims... And then some stereotypical white guy goes and shoots up innocent black people in a church.icon_confused.gif

    smh.
  • tazzari

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    Jan 15, 2016 11:02 PM GMT
    A slightly tangential response, but I have seen US customs be very rude to a number of my foreign friends: a fat army wannabe leaning on the wall asking a friend for Austria, "Where do you think you're going?" A friend who is in his late 70's and a fellow of his college at Cambridge spoken to like a criminal and interrogated. The Head Coach of a European ski team who had his children taken off into another room and questioned...

    We need to be secure, but I've seen enough crude behavior by Customs officers to make me understand why some people never want to come back to the US. Some degree of professionalism is needed!
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    Jan 15, 2016 11:54 PM GMT
    HottJoe said
    UndercoverMan saidOh please! Dragged? Interrogated? She was taken into another room, fingerprinted and asked (from what I gleaned from the article) one question. If she wants to be offended with someone, she needs to be offended with her fellow Muslims who are making the world an unsafe place and are the reason why these precautions are taken. She should be grateful precautions are being taken for her safety. No, she chose the poor me, victim status everyone is so ready to embrace.

    Where does it stop? We stop and frisk African Americans, stop and frisk Mexicans, stop and frisk Muslims... And then some stereotypical white guy goes and shoots up innocent black people in a church.icon_confused.gif

    smh.


    Oh please. Last time I flew (domestic, not even international) I was patted down after going through that imaging device. I was specifically told I was to be "patted down in front." I wasn't taken into a private room. My groin was patted down in front of God and everyone. At the conclusion I was thanked for my cooperation. I thank the TSA officer for doing his job. I put my shoes back on and collected my belongings and went onto my flight. I didn't even occur to me to tweet my "experience."

    #bitchneedstogetoverherself
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    Jan 16, 2016 12:10 AM GMT
    At least she didn't get shot. Thank [your] god cops aren't in charge of airport security.
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    Jan 16, 2016 12:55 AM GMT
    I'm glad that dumb bitch got interrogated at LAX.
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    Jan 16, 2016 1:24 AM GMT
    Import saidI'm glad that dumb bitch got interrogated at LAX.


    It's kind of hard to sympathize with her when her fellow Muslim women are having acid thrown in their faces, shot for going to school, lashed for showing skin, can't drive, must be escorted in public by a male relative...

    OH! THE HUMANITY! Poor baby was fingerprinted and asked a question!

    I can imagine her indignation: Do you know who I am?! I'm Australia's first female Muslim parliamentarian?! I represent New South Wales! icon_lol.gificon_lol.gificon_lol.gif
  • tj85016

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    Jan 16, 2016 1:25 AM GMT
    lol, as if no innocent person, in any country, has never been interrogated for a crime the didn't commit
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    Jan 16, 2016 1:34 AM GMT
    tj85016 saidlol, as if no innocent person, in any country, has never been interrogated for a crime the didn't commit


    Yes, of course it happens - to others, but not to the first female Muslim member of the Australian parliament representing New South Wales! OH! THE HUMANITY!
  • bro4bro

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    Jan 16, 2016 4:30 AM GMT
    Having spent a lot of time working and traveling in Australia over the last 30 years, I'm not surprised that a Pakistani woman would be questioned about holding an Australian passport. Australian immigration policy is pretty famously strict, and biased toward white people. The customs agents at LAX should know that.

    And while I'm no fan of either LAX customs or the TSA, I've been treated much worse elsewhere. Once when re-entering Australia after a trip to Bali I was interrogated vigorously by two customs agents and then strip searched (down to my briefs) because for some reason they took one look at me and became convinced I was smuggling drugs - a 41-year-old, clean cut, neatly dressed, athletic American. This was wholly motivated because my passport was American and not Australian - even though there was an Australian work visa in it, and I was working at a joint Aussie-US military installation.

    When they failed to find any drugs or residue in my bags or on my person, they had to give up and let me go - but on my way out, apparently impressed by the strip search and still groping for something to pin on me, one of the agents asked me if I took steroids.

    I sneered at him, and said, "Steroids? Dude... I weigh 145 lbs."