Gold Star father's Toronto speech cancelled as travel rights are 'reviewed': organizer
Mar 07 2017
On the same day that the White House announced President Donald Trump's revised travel ban on residents of six majority-Muslim nations, Gold Star father and Muslim-American Khizr Khan confirmed that his "traveling privileges" were under review and that his "freedom to travel abroad" has been temporarily suspended.
Born in Pakistan, Kahn and his wife, Ghazala Khan, have been USA citizens for more than 30 years. It was not immediately clear how Khan's travel privileges were being reviewed specifically or by whom.
However, aside from CTV's initial reporting and Ramsay Talk's official statement, very little is known about what caused Khan to suddenly cancel his speaking engagement.
Khan's son Captain Humayun Khan died while fighting in Iraq.
"You dodged the draft", Khan later said to Trump after the then-Republican presidential nominee - who has received five draft deferments during the Vietnam War - was gifted a Purple Heart from a US veteran who actually did serve.
"I have not been given any reason as to why", he said.
He and his wife Ghazala took to the stage at the Democratic National Convention a year ago to describe the loss of their son, Humayun, who died in the Iraq War in 2004. "I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future". "In this document, look for the words "liberty" and 'equal protection of law'".
Per usual, rather than say nothing about the father of a Muslim war hero, Trump took to Twitter to complain about Khan's speech.
"Have you ever been to Arlington Cemetery?" "You have sacrificed nothing-and no one", he said.
"As a patriotic American, I am all for the safety and security of our country", Khan told The Star. Khan said. "Go look at the graves of the fearless patriots who died defending America - you will see all faiths, genders and ethnicities".
The new executive action exempts visa-holders and Iraqi citizens from the travel freeze and no longer indefinitely bans the admittance of Syrian refugees, The New York Times reports.
"It is the decision of each individual country to determine whether to admit any US citizen", the official said, declining to further comment due to privacy concerns. "It has made me appreciative of what we have in this country; the rights, the dignities, the Constitution, the legal system".