Recently, Khizr Khan claimed he was forced to cancel a scheduled speech in Toronto because his “travel privileges are being reviewed” by US authorities.
The Gold Star father’s announcement came around the same time Donald Trump presented his rewritten order on the Muslim ban—Iraq was removed from the list. Khan, a US citizen for 30 years, was actually born in Pakistan, which is not one of the banned, listed nations.
The Ramsay Talks Facebook page shared Khan’s cancellation posts. “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. 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.”
Khan’s statement immediately raised a lot of eyebrows, as many were confused as to why a US citizen was being prevented from traveling abroad.
Ramsay Talks Owner Bob Ramsay recently said he was unaware of the full details of Khan’s situation. “I don’t know exactly who conducted the review, but in speaking with Mr. Khan, it was certainly US authorities. That’s all I know.”
Which US agency is reviewing Khizr Khan’s travel privileges?
Khan has been very hush after making his initial statement—to the degree of not specifying what US agency was prevented him from traveling.
It is also unclear whether Khan has traveled out of the US since he became a citizen.
What we do know is US citizens don’t require visas or electronic, travel authorization to enter into Canada. Also, a United States government agency cannot stop a passport holder from traveling unless they have been found guilty of a crime. And according to public records, Khan has no criminal history whatsoever.
The Canadian Foreign Ministry also said they did not issue any review of Khan’s travel privileges to their country. “We are unaware of any restrictions regarding this traveler,” Canadian Immigration Minister Ahmed Hussen spokeswoman Camielle Edwards said.
Khizr Khan rose to prominence when his hero son, Humayun Khan, was posthumously awarded a Bronze Star and a Purple Heart for saving his fellow soldiers. Khizir Khan became a gold-star father afteward and now publicly speaks out against Trump’s policies on immigration.
Now, for all we know, Khizr Khan could be lying about his travel restrictions to garner attention, but let’s not let it overshadow his son’s heroism. He raised a great boy who did very well for his country—he deserves at least a salute for that.