Thursday, 9 March 2017

America - The Not So Beautiful

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Australian author Mem Fox has visited America on many occasions, but was left badly shaken following a recent visit to Los Angeles where she found border control staff to be unnecessarily aggressive and belligerent.   

Seems like some border control staff at least are taking their lead from President Trump whose idea of fun is to talk about 'grabbing women by the pussy'.

Mem Fox has since received an apology over the treatment she received, but just imagine how less experienced and more vulnerable people cope with this kind of behaviour.

Security is one thing - rudeness and boorish arrogance quite another.

Australian children's author Mem Fox detained by US border control: 'I sobbed like a baby'
The experience left Fox feeling like she had been ‘physically assaulted’. Photograph: Sydney Writers Festival. Author of Possum Magic was aggressively questioned over her visa status and later received an apology for her treatment by border guards 

By Bonnie Malkin - The Guardian

The Australian children’s book author Mem Fox has suggested she might never return to the US after she was detained and insulted by border control agents at Los Angeles airport.

Fox, who is famous worldwide for her bestselling books including Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes and Possum Magic, was en route to a conference in Milwaukee earlier this month when she was stopped.

She told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation she was detained for one hour and 40 minutes and questioned by border agents for 15 minutes in front of a room full of people – an experience that left her feeling like she had been physically assaulted.

“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,” Fox said.