Hassan Aden was detained by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) officers while trying to enter the United States this past weekend. He was taken to a makeshift detention facility housed within the airport, where he was forbidden from using his phone and even from standing up for about an hour and a half.
He was not granted much if any information about his status or as to why he was being detained. In fact, an officer who was in contact with Aden during his ordeal had the audacity to assert that Aden “wasn’t being detained.”
Eventually, due to the goodwill of a CBP officer who came on shift in the middle of Aden’s ordeal, Aden was able to walk again as a free man.
Here’s the catch: Hassan Aden was a citizen of the United States and a retired police chief from Greenville, North Carolina. He was attempting to enter the United States at New York’s JFK airport after visiting his mother in Paris to celebrate her 80th birthday. Aden has served in an advisory capacity to the White House in previous administrations on issues of police policy reform.
And this man was detained by airport security under the Trump administration.
Aden detailed his experience in a lengthy Facebook post:
‘This experience has left me feeling vulnerable and unsure of the future of a country that was once great and that I proudly called my own… This country now feels cold, unwelcoming, and in the beginning stages of a country that is isolating itself from the rest of the world — and its own people — in an unprecedented fashion.’
Indeed — if this horror happened to Aden, then it can happen to anyone, as he describes in his Facebook post.
The policies of the Trump administration are already infecting American society with a fear and hatred that has left anyone who isn’t a white heterosexual Christian male more vulnerable than ever before.
As Aden put it, “If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone with attributes that can be ‘profiled.’ No one is safe from this type of unlawful government intrusion.”
Read his story below, via Facebook:
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