Migrants Were Told to Sign Away Right to Enter U.S., Lawyers Say – The New York Times


At an officer’s direction, she said, she signed a small electronic window, like the ones used for credit card purchases, without knowing what she was signing. Then the officer gave her a copy of the form and told her that she had voluntarily withdrawn her application to enter the country.

“I said: ‘No, it’s you telling me to leave. I’m not willing to!’” she said. “He said: ‘It’s better this way, ma’am. Otherwise I have to force you.’”

She was put on a flight to Switzerland, her visa stamped in big red letters: “Canceled — N.Y.C. application withdrawn.”

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