American Muslim Who Criticized Trump Has To Cancel Trip Abroad
Khizr Khan powerfully criticized Donald Trump at the Democratic National Convention in Philadelphia in July. The Gold Star father of US Army Captain Humayun Khan, who was killed in action in Iraq in 2004 while defending his company, Khizr Khan exhorted Trump to read the Constitution, and appreciate the sacrifices that Americans of all stripes make for their country. This gesture led to a bonanza of Americans buying pocket Constitutions. Now, with Trump in the White House, Khan was forced to cancel a trip to Toronto when he discovered that his “freedom to travel abroad” is “under review,” and he “doesn’t know why,” Politico reported, Monday.
Khan was scheduled to speak at a luncheon in Toronto on Tuesday “on what we can do about the appalling turn of events in Washington — so that we don’t all end up sacrificing everything.”
The event had to be canceled when Khan discovered that he’s not allowed to travel, because his “travel privileges” are “under review.” Khan and his wife Ghazala are both from Pakistan, and have been American citizens since 1986, the same year he graduated from Harvard Law School.
Khan addressed the canceled event and “review” of his “travel privileges” in a statement,
“This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad,” Khan said in a statement. “I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future.”
While there could be a reasonable answer for this, perhaps some sort of mixup, it fails to pass the sniff test. If the Trump administration has begun targeting political opponents with harassment via abuse of executive power, a turn of events that would be all too much in character for the new president, then Congress and the courts must intervene. That is the tactic of an authoritarian, not an American president. American citizens should be able to expect that the president of the United States will respect their right to criticize elected officials and travel abroad.