We just caught Khizr Khan and POLITICO , Slate, and just about every other goofy has-been in a massive lie.
A number of once highly respected sources are falsely reporting that Trump’s federal agencies are somehow tormenting an American citizen. In this case, the focal point of the charade is the Gold Star father that the Democrats used as a prop to demonize Donald Trump during their convention. You might remember him: Khizir Khan.
Well, the story doesn’t add up. Khan was scheduled to speak at a high profile event in Toronto but that event has now been canceled. Khan claimed that he received notice that his “travel privileges are being reviewed” and decided to pull out of the event. The table cost of the event was $1000 dollars so we’re waiting on a response from the host on whether Khan received any kickbacks. Here’s an excerpt of the statement:
As a consequence, Mr. Khan will not be traveling to Toronto on March 7th to speak about tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law. Very regretfully, Ramsay Talks must cancel its luncheon with Mr. Khan. Guests will be given full refunds. 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. I have not been given any reason as to why. [emphasis added]
Put simply, Khan is claiming he might be scooped up by the travel ban in some way. He’s also entirely full of it and every outlet from Slate to Politico fell for it. PATHETIC!
Since, I am journalist just starting out, I take these matters seriously. I called DHS, CBP, and numerous other federal agencies to speak directly to those that could have informed Khan of any such revocation or review. Here’s what Daniel Hetlage, Director of Media for US Customs and Border Protection had to say:
U.S. Customs & Border Protection does not contact travelers in advance of their travel out of the United States. With respect to Global Entry or trusted traveler membership, CBP’s engagement is about the status of membership in the program, not any particular travel itself. Of course, any US citizen with a passport may travel without trusted traveler status. All individuals are subject to inspection departing or upon arrival to the United States. U.S. Citizens are afforded protections under the privacy act and therefore we would not be able to discuss any specifics. [emphasis added]
So to summarize, the feds don’t send you notice when they’re trying to look for your dirty laundry. They don’t stop you from leaving to Canada when you’re a citizen. And there’s no such travel privilege that anyone can speak of existing — unless you’re talking about the Global Entry program. The Global Entry program, however, is a perk. It makes going through security a bit easier. Guess what? That’s not something you cancel a meeting over and it isn’t something that “all fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad” need to worry themselves over. Just like Hetlage said: “any US citizen with a passport may travel without trusted traveler status.”