Thursday, December 20, 2007

Christmas in New York -- Don't Try It If You're a Foreigner

A young Icelandic woman goes on holiday with some girlfriends to enjoy Christmas in New York City, and instead is detained for 24 hours -- held incommunicado; not allowed to contact an attorney, family, or friends; put in a jail cell; handcuffed and shackled; asked intrusive personal questions; forced to undergo a medical examination; photographed and fingerprinted, twice; and finally put on a flight back to Iceland and told never to return to the United States (as if she would!).

And why?

Because on a previous trip to this country, 12 years ago, she overstayed her visa by three weeks.

Eva Ósk Arnardóttir's account of her ordeal is here.

Via Matthew Yglesias, who read about it at The Daily Dish.

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