A hysterical claim about Iranian Americans being detained is making its way all over Twitter as various Democrats are pushing it.
“BREAKING: US CUSTOMS & BORDER PROTECTION NATIONALLY HAVE BEEN ORDERED TO DETAIN & “REPORT” ALL IRANIANS ENTERING THE COUNTRY DEEMED POTENTIALLY SUSPICIOUS OR “ADVERSARIAL” REGARDLESS OF CITIZENSHIP STATUS. 60+ Iranis held last night at the US/Canada border for 11+ hrs / thread,” Twitter account “hodakatebi,” a self-described “political fashion writer” who once served as CAIR’s communications coordinator in Chicago, wrote.
The rumor then began spreading like wildfire and has been shared nearly 67,000 times, despite the fact that the Border Patrol personally corrected the misinformation when the tweet had fewer than 20,000 retweets. Liberals commented on the post that they don’t believe the agencies.
Social media posts that CBP is detaining Iranian-Americans and refusing their entry into the U.S. because of their country of origin are false. Reports that DHS/CBP has issued a related directive are also false.
— CBP (@CBP) January 5, 2020
Among those pushing the myth are members of our own government, that is including:
Two House Democrats:
People of Iranian descent—including American citizens & green card holders—are reportedly being detained by CBP officials. We can’t let this stand.
If you or someone you know has been targeted or detained by CBP officials, please contact my district office at 510-763-0370.
— Rep. Barbara Lee (@RepBarbaraLee) January 5, 2020
Deeply disturbed by reports that Iranian Americans, including U.S. citizens, are being detained at the Canadian border with WA State.
My office has been working on this all morning. Please contact us with information on directly affected people at [email protected]
— Rep. Pramila Jayapal (@RepJayapal) January 5, 2020
One Democrat congressional candidate:
“…regardless of citizenship”
American citizens are being detained without regard for their constitutional and civil rights.. this is another round of horrifying Stephen Miller hatemongering https://t.co/VoDE03ogFV
— Shannon4OH (@ShannonFreshour) January 5, 2020
And one Governor:
My office is closely tracking reports that Iranian Americans, including U.S. citizens and lawful permanent residents, have been detained at the WA-Canada border.
— Governor Jay Inslee (@GovInslee) January 5, 2020
According to RedState, the rumor was based on the fact that someone who happened to be of Iranian descent was given a secondary expectation at the Canadian border, and that boils down to an increased inspection upon entry. “This is not unusual and could have happened by sheer chance or simply because the threat level was higher after the embassy attack. No one was being ‘detained’ or denied entry based on nationality,” the news outlet reported.