Former police chief detained at JFK airport

BuzzFeed News has reached out to Aden, as well as US Customs and Border Protection for comment. "By this point I had informed CBP Officer Chow, the one that initially detained me, that I was a retired police chief and a career police officer AND a USA citizen - he stated that he had no control over the circumstance and that it didn't matter what my occupation was". "This experience makes me question if this is indeed home".

Aden, 52, was en route to Alexandra, Virginia on Monday, March 13th, according to the Washington Post.

The police chief said he'd spent a great weekend in Paris celebrating his mom's 80th birthday. He is a naturalized US citizen who has lived in the country for 42 years, after immigrating from Italy when he was 10 years old. Aden now works as a senior policy adviser at the Vera Institute of Justice.

As he waited, Aden said he recalled the "numerous trips abroad" when he had had "no problems" upon returning and was greeted by CBP officers with a "welcome home". However, he was not allowed to leave, did not have access to his mobile phone, had his movements restricted and his passport was being withheld. Once in the office, Aden was allegedly informed that his name was being used as an alias by someone on a watch list and that officials would need to clear him to enter the United States. Another officer told Aden that he was not technically being detained-CBP has a "secondary processing" protocol if an officer "determines that additional inspection is needed"-but Aden found any technical distinction meaningless". I then replied, 'But I'm not free to leave-how is that not a detention?' (Greenville, NC Police Department) Hassan Aden took a Paris selfie before returning to the United States.

But something different happened at John F. Kennedy International Airport in NY on his way home: He was detained.

Citing privacy rules, the agency declined to comment. "Due to the Privacy Act, we can not comment on specific cases, but all travelers arriving to the USA are subject to CBP inspection". While his documents were sent to another agency to be processed, he saw some 25 foreign nationals brought in and released. This is on par with February 2016, when 0.96% of 31 million total travelers were processed-approximately 299,200. A second iteration of the travel ban stalled last week, on the eve of its implementation.

JFK became a hotspot for protests following president Trump's initial executive order on immigration - drawing swarms of protesters as travelers from seven Muslim-majority counties were detained.

He also added that the experience left him feeling vulnerable and concerned about the future of the country. He then founded the Aden Group in Alexandria, consulting clients that include the U.S. Justice Department, he said. "Prior to this administration, I frequently attended meetings at the White House and advised on national police policy reforms".

Listing his law enforcement and government service credentials, he wrote: 'If this can happen to me, it can happen to anyone with attributes that can be "profiled".

"This country now feels cold, unwelcoming, and in the beginning stages of a country that is isolating itself from the rest of the world and its own people in an unprecedented fashion", Aden said.

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