Khizr Khan, the Muslim father of a US Army Captain Humayun Khan who was killed during the Iraqi war in 2004, and who hit the headlines criticisng Donald Trump during the presidential campaign, has cancelled travel to Canada due to what he says “his travel privileges are being reviewed”.
Khizr Khan, the Muslim-American Gold Star father famous for rebuking Donald Trump’s immigration rhetoric at the Democratic National Convention, has canceled a speech he had planned to give Tuesday in Toronto, and the Canadian organization that had booked the speech reported that his “travel privileges are being reviewed.”
Ramsay Talks, the organization due to host Khan’s speech, announced the development on Facebook, adding that “tickets will be refunded.”
Additionally, CBC Politics Reporter John Paul Trasker confirmed on Twitter on Monday that Khan was also scheduled to appear on the Canadian news channel but canceled, citing the same reason.
The announcement comes the same day that President Donald Trump signed a new executive order placing a temporary travel ban on entry of citizens from six Muslim-majority countries. Those new restrictions are to be rolled out on March 16.
But there have been reports of travel problems since Trump took office.
The Facebook message:
KHIZR KHAN EVENT CANCELLATION
Late Sunday evening Khizr Khan, an American citizen for over 30 years, was notified that his travel privileges are being reviewed. As a consequence, Mr. Khan will not be traveling to Toronto on March 7th to speak about tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law. Very regretfully, Ramsay Talks must cancel its luncheon with Mr. Khan. Guests will be given full refunds.
Mr. Khan offered his sincere apologies to all those who made plans to attend on March 7th. He said: “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.
I don’t know what actual risk there is if any to Khan’s international travel being disrupted by any review but there have been a number of reports of people being caught up in airport detentions since Trump started restricting travel and checks at airports have increased.
Perhaps Khan is being overly cautious, but there must be many people reconsidering travel plans both to and from the US.