Shehadeh flew from Frankfurt to Las Vegas last Thursday, hoping to meet with his wife and drive to Bakersfield, Calif., where his American-born daughter had just gotten news she'd passed the California bar exam. Instead, he wound up shivering in a holding cell without ever being told why he couldn't enter the country, he said.
Roxanne Hercules, a spokeswoman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection, confirmed Tuesday that Shehadeh was denied entry, but would not discuss specifics of his case. She said Shehadeh's visa waiver could have been denied because "he could have a criminal record, or it could be a terrorism issue."
Wednesday, January 03, 2007
MORE FEAR, LOATHING IN LAS VEGAS
Majed Shehadeh is 62, a Syrian living in Germany. He flew to the U.S. last week to surprise his daughter. He's the one who got a big surprise -- a four-day detention in a Las Vegas jail cell. According to this report from Fox News:
Officials told Shehadeh's family he was on something called a "look-out list."