Iranian-born US citizens and residents were questioned by Customs and Border Protection officers for hours after returning from a concert in Canada to Washington state this weekend, sparking widespread fear on social media that the US government was detaining people of Iranian descent.
The concerns are amid extremely high tensions between the US and Iran, whose leaders have spent the past several days threatening military strikes.
“After waiting for about what seemed like an hour, they called me and questioned me.
The details of CAIR’s press release spread widely on social media.
CBP officials pushed back quickly, saying that “social media posts that CBP is detaining Iranian-Americans and refusing their entry into the U.S. because of their country of origin are false.

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