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Khizr Khan Says 'Travel Privileges' Under Review

He says he had to cancel talk in Canada
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Mar 7, 2017 5:01 AM CST

(Newser) – Gold Star father and prominent President Trump critic Khizr Khan has called off a speech he was due to deliver in Canada because "his travel privileges are being reviewed," the organizer of the Toronto talk says. Khan, a Pakistani-American lawyer who has been a US citizen for more than 30 years, was told about the review Sunday evening, according to a Facebook post from Ramsay Talks. "This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad," the post quotes Khan as saying. "I have not been given any reason as to why." He had been due to "speak about tolerance, understanding, unity, and the rule of law," Ramsay Talks noted.

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A US Customs and Border Protection official declined to discuss the specifics of the case but told Politico that CBP does not contact people before they travel abroad and that with the Global Entry or Trusted Traveler programs, CBP is concerned with membership, not the travel itself. "Of course, any US citizen with a passport may travel without Trusted Traveler status," the official said. "All individuals are subject to inspection departing or upon arrival to the United States." Bob Ramsay of Ramsay Talks tells the CBC that he isn't sure who contacted Khan, but he does "know for sure that it was American." (Khan, whose son was killed in Iraq, famously offered to lend Trump his copy of the Constitution.)

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