Mem Fox, a best-selling children’s author revealed she had “sobbed like a baby” after being detained and unnecessarily “insulted” by the United States officials of border control in Los Angeles.
Fox, who is 70 years old, stated that she had been subjected to aggressive interrogations regarding her visa for over two hours as people watched. She had been on her way from a conference in Milwaukee.
No Prior Issues
The Australian children’s books author is most widely known for best-selling texts entitled Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Possum Magic, and she added that she had previously travelled to the United States 116 times exactly before without any similar incidents.
The woman was eventually allowed access, but not after she had been shocked by treatment by the US border control officers, and “couldn’t imagine” coming back to the nation after this ordeal.
“I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness,” she said to the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
“I felt like I had been physically assaulted which is why, when I got to my hotel room, I completely collapsed and sobbed like a baby, and I’m 70 years old.”
The author went on to accuse President Donald Trump of allowing the border police to have “turbocharged power” since he took office.
She then filed a complaint officially over treatment she underwent through the Australian embassy, and obtained an email from officials in the US apologizing for the incident.
Previous Incidents With Border Control
This incident came after the song of Muhammed Ali, boxing legend, was detained by immigration authorities at an airport in Florida, who repeatedly question him saying, “Are you Muslim?”.
Chris Mancini, his lawyer, said authorities questioned Ali for almost two hours, continuously and incessantly asking him, “Where did you get your name from?” in addition to “Are you Muslim?” despite the fact that he was born Philadelphia, and holds a United States passport.