All of us recall the emotional and moving speech Khizr Khan, the Muslim-American patriot who gave one of his sons delivered at the Democratic National Convention. In the speech, Khan tore into Trump bigotry, and Trump attacked the Gold Star father.
Well, it seems that now that he is in power, Trump is abusing the authority of the presidency to go after Mr. Khan. There was supposed to be an event in Toronto where Mr. Khan would give a speech on what is happening in America, and “on what we can do about the dreadful turn of events in Washington — so that we don’t all end up forfeiting everything.”
All of that has changed, though, since Mr. Khan allegedly received notice on Sunday evening that the United States government is placed Mr. Khan’s “privileges” to travel from the nation “under review.” There has been no reason given for this. Mr. Khan has been an American citizen for more than 30 years, making this especially troubling. The only reasons one could see for this development is a) Mr. Khan’s Muslim religion and b) Trump’s clear vendetta against Mr. Khan. It’s likely a combination thereof, making this “inspection” patently illegal and in violation of Mr. Khan’s civil liberties.
Ramsay Talks, who arranged for Mr. Khan’s talk, said the following of what’s happening:
“As a consequence, Mr. Khan won’t be traveling to Toronto on March 7th to speak about tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law. Very regretfully, Ramsay Talks must cancel its luncheon with Mr. Khan. Guests will receive full refunds.”
Mr. Khan himself said of the violation of his civil liberties:
“This turn of events isn’t just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad.I haven’t been given any reason as to why. I’m grateful for your service and look forward to visiting Toronto in the not too distant future.”
I know that Mr. Khan is a lawyer himself, but one hopes he’s a great team of them to get to the bottom of the. This is outrageous, and very disturbing. There’s a way to sue the entire Trump Administration over this disgusting abuse of power and violation of a distinguished citizen that has forfeit for this state.
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