He’s been called lots of things: chief, deputy chief, officer, husband, son, dad, immigrant, American.
But none of those titles mattered when Hassan Aden landed on U.S. soil earlier this month in Trump’s America. All that mattered was that his name is Hassan. And that, apparently, was enough for U.S. Customs and Border Protection officers to question everything else about Aden’s life.
Aden, 52, is a retired Greenville, N.C., police chief and a former deputy chief with the Alexandria police in Virginia.
So why was a lifelong law enforcement official detained for an hour and a half at New York’s John F. Kennedy Airport when he returned from a trip to Paris? Was he being profiled because of his Muslim-sounding first name?
“This experience has left me feeling vulnerable and unsure of the future of a country that was once great and that I proudly called my own,” Aden wrote in a long Facebook post describing the unnerving detention. “This experience makes me question if this is indeed home.”
You can read the rest at the Washington Post.