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    Six French journalists were deported earlier this month after being searched, handcuffed and detained for 26 hours at the Los Angeles Airport. Immigration officials said they lacked visas, which are required for certain French professionals traveling on business.

    "If you are a reporter and come to the US as a journalist you need an "I" visa," Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman Francisco Arcaute said. "These gentlemen did not have proper documentation. Consequently, they were held and put on a flight back to Europe."

    The reporters arrived on May 10 and 11 and were sent to cover the Electronic Entertainment Expo, a videogame trade show. French group Reporters Without Borders sent an irate letter to the US ambassador to France, demanding an investigation of the journalists' "arbitrary if not discriminatory" treatment by US immigration officials.

    Responding to a question during a daily press briefing, Department of State spokesman Richard Boucher said the journalists did not have the appropriate visa status when they entered.

    "The information on that is readily available through our Embassy and the websites. But ultimately the determination on entry is made by the Department of Homeland Security, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service," Boucher said.

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    Six French journalists were deported earlier this month after being searched, handcuffed and detained for 26 hours at the Los Angeles Airport. Immigration officials said they lacked visas, which are required for certain French professionals traveling on business.

    "If you are a reporter and come to the US as a journalist you need an "I" visa," Bureau of Citizenship and Immigration Services spokesman Francisco Arcaute said. "These gentlemen did not have proper documentation. Consequently, they were held and put on a flight back to Europe."

    The reporters arrived on May 10 and 11 and were sent to cover the Electronic Entertainment Expo, a videogame trade show. French group Reporters Without Borders sent an irate letter to the US ambassador to France, demanding an investigation of the journalists' "arbitrary if not discriminatory" treatment by US immigration officials.

    Responding to a question during a daily press briefing, Department of State spokesman Richard Boucher said the journalists did not have the appropriate visa status when they entered.

    "The information on that is readily available through our Embassy and the websites. But ultimately the determination on entry is made by the Department of Homeland Security, formerly the Immigration and Naturalization Service," Boucher said.

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    • #3
      Shame on America!

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      • #4
        Why is it "Shame on America" when these journalists did not have the proper visas? What is the point of this posting other than Bashing America?

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