Australian writer detained by US border police, says ‘insulted’ by treatment

She said that despite having travelled to America 116 times before without incident, she was questioned over her.

By: Express Web Desk | New Delhi | Published: February 25, 2017 4:54 pm
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An Australian children’s book author Mem Fox was reportedly detained and insulted by US border control agents at the Los Angeles airport, UK-based newspaper The Guardian reported. The Guardian reported that Fox was on her way to a conference in Milwaukee, Wisconsin earlier this month when she was stopped by border control agents. Fox is famous for her best-selling books such as Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Possum Magic.

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According to The Guardian, she told Australian Broadcasting Corporation she was questioned by border agents in a room full of people for two hours. She said that the experience left her so harrowed that she felt like she had been physically assaulted. She has even suggested that she might never return to the US after the incident.

“I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness,” Fox was quoted as saying. “I felt like I had been physically assaulted which is why, when I got to my hotel room, I completely collapsed and sobbed like a baby, and I’m 70 years old.”

According to The Guardian, the author blamed US President’s proposed travel ban as the reason for the “aggressive questioning” by the border police. She said despite having travelled to America 116 times before without incident, she was questioned over her visa. She was eventually granted access.

Fox received an apology from the US officials through email after lodging a complaint over her treatment with the Australian embassy in Washington and the US embassy in Canberra.

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  1. Z
    Feb 25, 2017 at 5:00 pm
    White w an gets asked a couple of questions, the outrage. Why is the IE cen covering this? The Guardian gave this prmnent coverage over, 'indian shot in US bar, India outraged' what is wrong with your colonised minds, ask any First Nation how they are treated by this expartiated prison potion, have some respect people.
    1. Amin Abdmuthalib
      Feb 25, 2017 at 2:03 pm
      It's to get the taste of harment by the ones who has never before had tasted the inhuman treatment by racist Americans.
      1. H
        Feb 25, 2017 at 2:01 pm
        Does it take a Trump for the American authorities to wake;br/gt;lt;br/gt;First you allow Millions of Illegals to enter and then stay back for;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then u invite skilled workers and give them;br/gt;lt;br/gt;While your kids end up becoming delivery boys for Pizza Hut or s workers in;br/gt;lt;br/gt;Then a Trump comes along and says ,American society has to be predominantly white and you Jump on;br/gt;lt;br/gt;I think its too little too late,Americans must accept that they have lost it.
        1. marc biff
          Feb 26, 2017 at 6:27 am
          What they did to your people at Wounded Knee was deable.
          1. P
            Feb 26, 2017 at 5:19 am
            What was the reason they gave for the original questioning?
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