Sunday, August 01, 2004

Dallas Peace Times June 2003: Question Authority? FBI Investigation

Dallas Peace Times June: "Matthew Bailey-Dick, 30, from Waterloo Ontario, was denied entry into the USA early on March 7, 2003, after U.S. immigration officials at Port Huron, Mich., found literature from Christian Peacemaker Teams (CPT) in the trunk of his rental car. The immigration officers claimed that the CPT newsletters, printed in Chicago, were 'anti-American.' They also raised concerns about a sticker on Bailey-Dick's guitar case that read, 'Question authority.'

Bailey-Dick is currently studying at Associated Mennonite Biblical Seminaries in Goshen, Ind. He had been in Waterloo, speaking at the church he had pastored for the previous two years, Waterloo Kitchener United Mennonite Church, about his participation in the recent CPT delegation to Iraq.
Bailey-Dick was carrying a J-1 student visa, valid until the end of August 2003. U.S. immigration officers confiscated the visa, insisting that he needed a new type of visa document. They then fingerprinted and photographed him. Later that day, an immigration supervisor told Bailey-Dick that his student visa was valid, but that he was still denied entry into the USA. The supervisor said that Bailey-Dick needed to go to Detroit for an interview with an even higher-echelon U.S. immigration official."


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