Five-year-old detained at airport posed 'security threat': White House

The minor boy was held at Dulles International airport in Washington DC following Donald Trump's immigration order

News Desk January 31, 2017
Demonstrators spell out "# No Muslim Ban" during the "Boston Protest Against Muslim Ban and Anti-Immigration Orders" to protest U.S. President Donald Trump's executive order travel ban in Boston. REUTERS/Brian Snyder

A five-year-old boy detained and 'handcuffed' at Dulles International airport in Washington DC could have been a security threat to the United States, the White House has said.

“To assume that just because of someone’s age and gender they don’t pose a threat would be misguided and wrong,” The Independent quoted US president’s press secretary Sean Spicer as sayuing.

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The minor, reportedly a US citizen with an Iranian mother, was held at the airport along with over 100 others following the immigration order signed by President Donald Trump.

In the most sweeping use of his presidential powers since taking office, Trump signed an executive order on Friday to pause the entry of travellers from Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen for at least 90 days.

The travel curbs began immediately, causing confusion for would-be travelers with passports from the seven countries.

US Senator Van Hollen, a Democrat, said the act was ‘outrageous’ because the child’s mother had already informed the authorities about his arrival and detaining the five-year-old kid for four hours was unwarranted.



JKhan | 4 years ago | Reply @Mohammed Mirza: he never had any of these.
S | 4 years ago | Reply Sad. Cannot imagine how traumatised this kid will be.
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