Journalist Says He was Wrongly Detained Under Travel Ban

Homeland Security
Posted at 6:25 PM, Feb 01, 2017
and last updated 2017-02-01 18:25:00-05

ATLANTA (AP) - A CNN editor and producer from Iraq says he was wrongly detained at Atlanta's airport because of the president's ban on entry for citizens of seven Muslim-majority countries.

Mohammed Abdullah Tawfeeq, who has a green card, says in a federal lawsuit filed Monday in Atlanta that he was improperly detained and subjected to additional screening when he arrived Sunday from Iraq.

The lawsuit was filed against the Department of Homeland Security, Customs and Border Protection and the State Department.

Homeland Security spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said the agency, which includes Customs and Border Protection, does not comment on pending litigation. The State Department didn't immediately respond Wednesday.

The lawsuit asks a federal judge to prohibit the president's order from being applied to returning legal permanent residents.