Iranian-Americans allegedly harassed by US border officials

Iranian-Americans allegedly harassed by US border officials

- Several travellers of Iranian heritage say they faced inappropriate questions about their views on the Iran-U.S conflict

- Around 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans said they were stopped for up to seven-and-a-half hours recently

- Democratic US lawmakers have already condemned the alleged incidents

Some Iranians have alleged that they are being harassed by United States of America border officials amid diplomatic tensions between both countries following last week's US assassination of Iranian General Qasem Soleimani.

Several travellers of Iranian heritage told BBC News they faced inappropriate questions about their views on the situation

One group said they were stopped for hours at the Canadian-US border at the weekend.

Around 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans said they were stopped for up to seven-and-a-half hours on Sunday, January 5 while trying to cross into the US at a border crossing near Washington.

Sepehr Ebrahimzadeh, a Seattle-based engineer, told BBC Persian he had waited about six hours to cross the border and was repeatedly questioned during that time.

Ebrahimzadeh said US Border Patrol guards had questioned him about his birthplace, his high school years in Iran, his own military service and his father's, and about other relatives and his employment history.

He said he saw other Iranians next to him who had to wait hours and were questioned about their social media accounts.

University of Pennsylvania professor John Qazvinian tweets about his experience on the same day.

US Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) responds:

California congresswoman Barbara Lee reacts:

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Meanwhile, the prime minister of the United Kingdom, Boris Johnson, has cautioned President Donald Trump of the United States against carrying out his threat to bomb 52 Iranian cultural sites.

Johnson's spokesman said bombing cultural sites and heritage is against international conventions.

Recall that Trump had threatened to attack no fewer than 52 Iranian targets to bring down the middle east country if it dares to carry out threats of attacks on America.

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