A former police official said that he was detained at the New York’s John F. Kennedy International Airport and held for 90 minutes earlier this month because of his name, the media reported.
Hassan Aden, aged 52, of Alexandria, Virginia spent 26 years with the city’s police department where he served as the deputy chief of the department. He retired in the year 2015.
On Sunday, Aden told to The Washington Post that he was returning from Paris on March 13th, where he had been celebrating his mother’s 80th birthday.
When he arrived at the customs, he expected that he will be handed back his passport and told “welcome home” like everyone else.
Instead, the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officer asked him: “Are you travelling alone?” Aden replied that he was and the officer said, “Let’s take a walk”.
Aden, an Italian-born American citizen who has lived in the US for 42 years said that he was escorted to a makeshift office, prohibited from using his cellphone and also given little information about the reason for the holdup.
Aden said he told an officer that he was a retired police chief and also a career law enforcement officer, but the man said that he had “no control” over the situation and also it did not matter what his job was.
Another officer explained that someone on the “watch list” had been using Aden’s name as an alias, and also his information was being cross-checked with another agency, the former deputy chief told to The Washington Post.
A spokeswoman for the US Customs and Border Protection said on Sunday that she could not comment on the Aden’s specific case because of federal Privacy Act, “but all travellers arriving in the US are subjected to CBP inspection.”
Aden, the son of an Italian mother and a Somali father, lamented what he describes as the country’s shift toward “cold, unwelcoming” policies such as the President Donald Trump’s travel ban.
The travel ban, which seeks to block the entry to United States by the people from six Muslim-majority countries, is on hold after two judges issued rulings blocking the travel ban.