Customs and Border Protection Denies Viral News That It’s Been Ordered to Detain Iranians

by Jason Hopkins

Customs and Border Protection (CBP) is denying that it has been ordered to detain and refuse entry to Iranian-Americans, refuting claims that have been promulgated by Democratic lawmakers and others on social media.

CBP, the agency within the Department of Homeland Security tasked with managing immigration into the U.S., released a statement Sunday evening, declaring reports saying its agents have been directed to detain and deny entry to Iranian-Americans are “false.”

“Social media posts that CBP is detaining Iranian-Americans and refusing their entry into the U.S. because of their country of origin are false. Reports that DHS/CBP has issued a related directive are also false,” the agency said in a statement Sunday.

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