The Daily Mail has reported that elderly passengers aboard a P&O luxury cruise ship based out of the United Kingdom were subjected to a seven hour security check upon landing in Los Angeles, California. The passengers had both hands fingerprinted, they were required to submit to retina scans, had detailed passport examinations, and were subjected to overzealous interrogation.
The passengers were forced to stand in high temperatures for hours with no food or water, and were refused access to toilets. When asking to use the facilities, immigration officials allegedly responded: "Do it over the side, we won't mind." Prolonged exposure to the severe temperatures caused some of the passengers to pass out.
Elderly passengers report that the measures were taken by "spiteful immigration officials" in retaliation for comments made about the overzealous tactics employed. Ironically, the passengers had already cleared inspection at U.S. based ports without incident on 10 separate occasions prior to landing in California .
A 60-year-old retired dentist wrote to the Captain of the ship stating: "We are holiday makers, here to try and enjoy ourselves - we are not potential inmates of Guantalamo Bay, and should not be treated as such."
Keep up the good work fellas.
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Matthew Kolken is a trial lawyer with experience in all aspects of United States Immigration Law including Immigration Courts throughout the United States, and appellate practice before the Board of Immigration Appeals, the U.S. District Courts, and U.S. Courts of Appeals. He is admitted to practice in the courts of the State of New York , the United States District Court for the Western District of New York, the United States Court of Appeals for the Second Circuit, and is a member of the American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA).