During last year's Democratic National Convention, the Muslim American Gold Star father Khizr Khan railed against then-Republican candidate Donald Trump. Now, he is canceling a planned speech in Toronto, Canada after learning his travel privileges are “under review.”
According to a senior producer at CTV National News, Khan learned about the new developments regarding his traveling privileges on Sunday. It's still unclear why his status would be under question, Raw Story reports.
In a statement, Khan said that this “turn of events is not just concerning to me, but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad.” He says he was given “no reason as to why” his traveling privileges are under review.
His son, U.S. Army Capt. Humayun S. M. Khan, died in Iraq in 2004. He came to the United States as a 2-year-old with his father and mother, Ghazala Khan.
The Khan family is of Pakistani descent but Capt. Khan was born in the United Arab Emirates. The family moved to Silver Spring, Maryland.
Khan's son was the first University of Virginia (UVA) graduate to die in combat since the Vietnam war. He was only 27-years-old at the time.
Ramsay Talks, which was organizing Khan's speech, confirmed that the talk was canceled and that those who purchased tickets would be refunded.
Cancelled - Tuesday, March 7 Khizr Kahn talk. Tickets will be refunded.— RamsayTalks (@RamsayTalks) March 6, 2017
If anything, this seems like yet another consequence of Trump's executive orders on immigration. Still, it's incredible that the father of a U.S. army veteran who died in combat is being treated this way — but not surprising.
After Khan spoke at the Democratic National Convention, Trump lashed out against him and said Khan was being controlled by the Hillary Clinton campaign. Is the Gold Star father being targeted over his political affiliations?
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