Former Norwegian Prime Minister Kjell Magne Bondevik was stopped by US border control agents at Washington Dulles Airport on Wednesday and questioned for roughly an hour before being granted permission to enter the country.Bondevik had flown to Washington DC to attend the National Prayer Breakfast but an Iranian visa in his diplomatic passport led to difficulties at the airport. “It took about an hour. They started asking me why I had been in Iran and why I was coming to the United States. There should be no reason to fear a former prime minister who has been on official visits to the country several times before,” Bondevik told TV2. US President Donald Trump recently introduced a ban on entry for people from seven Muslim-majority countries, including Iran. Bondevik said his passport with the Iranian stamp has never given him problems upon entering the US before Trump’s executive order.
Germany’s largest airline has resumed carrying citizens of countries named under an American travel ban into Boston until at least February 5th.In an announcement on its website, Lufthansa said that the decision was in response to a decision by the District Court in Massachusetts to suspend the travel ban until that date.The airline says that all passengers with valid travel documents may now board their flights to Boston.US President Donald Trump issued the ban last Friday on nationals of Iran, Iraq, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen entering the US, regardless of whether they held a valid visa.
One of the last refugee families to be resettled in New England arrived in Manchester, N.H., on Thursday. President Trump issued an executive order last week that barred any new refugees for 120 days, but they were allowed entrance due to a waiver for previously approved refugees. Sendegeya Bayavuge, a 52-year-old farmer, and six other members of the family had been living at a refugee camp in Uganda for two decades after escaping the violence in Dthe emocratic Republic of Congo. Photographer Craig F. Walker documented their arrival and the beginning of a new life in Lowell.