Immigration Law

Bollywood Superstar SRK (Shah Rukh Khan) Detained Again by CBP at LAX

Variety, Aug. 12, 2016- "Top Indian actor Shah Rukh Khan was Thursday stopped and detained by immigration authorities as he entered the U.S. at Los Angeles Airport.  It is at least the third time the superstar has been hauled over by U.S. border control.  Khan was released without further hindrance. But it is not clear why or for how long he was questioned.  He later received an apology via Twitter from the U.S. Ambassador to India.  “Sorry for the trouble at LAX @Iamsrk. We are working to ensure it doesn’t happen again. Your work inspires millions, including in the US.”  Indeed the whole incident appears to have been lived out on social media.  Khan himself used Twitter to say: “I fully respect & understand security, with the way the world is, but to be detained by US immigration every damned time really really sucks.”  Later he returned to the medium to joke that he had caught some Pokemon Go characters while being held.  Khan was previously taken aside for questioning in 2009 at Newark airport and was released two hours later after intervention by the Indian Embassy.  In 2012 he was detained for 90 minutes at White Plains, near New York after flying in on a private jet.  While no explanations for the repeated detentions have been offered, suspicion appears to point to the U.S. security services’ zealous targeting of Muslims in the post 9/11 era."