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The story of Eva Ósk Arnardóttir:
During the last twenty-four hours I have probably experienced the greatest humiliation to which I have ever been subjected. During these last twenty-four hours I have been handcuffed and chained, denied the chance to sleep, been without food and drink and been confined to a place without anyone knowing my whereabouts, imprisoned. Now I am beginning to try to understand all this, rest and review the events which began as innocently as possible.
All hope abandon, ye who enter here.
Originally posted by Beachcoma
Originally posted by antar
People that will turn on one another rather than face this type of treatment themselves.
"Do it to Julia!"
There I was told that according to their records I had overstayed my visa by 3 weeks in 1995. For this reason I would not be admitted to the country and would be sent home on the next flight.
When did you have your last period? What do you believe in? Have you ever tried to commit suicide?
From the owner of this blogsite, Mr. Vidar Eggertsson, To English Speeking People:
NEWS 19th December 2007:
"According to news today here in Iceland the Foreign Ministry received a letter from the DHS, where they regret the treatment Erla got, admit it was out of proportion, and that they will review their processes in the light of this incident. We can also thank, Mrs. Ingibjörg Sólrún Gísladóttir, FM of Iceland, and the U.S. Ambassador in Iceland, Mrs.Carol van Voorst, who is a great representative for her nation. Hopefully these three women have started something, that will improvethe situation for all of us...
It was also mentioned in the news, that several American laywers have contacted Erla encouraging her and offered their help to sue the US government..."
Study: Perceived Treatment of Foreign Travelers Driving Away Visitors, Damaging America's Image Abroad
The U.S. entry process is considered the “world’s worst” by travelers
Travelers rate America’s entry process as the “world’s worst” by greater than a 2:1 margin over the next-worst destination area.
The U.S. ranks with Africa and the Middle East when it comes to traveler-friendly paperwork and officials.
54 percent of international travelers say that immigration officials are rude.
Travelers to the U.S. are more afraid of U.S. government officials than the threat of terrorism or crime.
Two-thirds of travelers surveyed fear they will be detained at the border because of a simple mistake or misstatement.
In 1995 it seems that the young woman had stayed three weeks longer than her visa gave her permission to. For that offense she was photographed and fingerprinted even though she explained that she had been to the States since the trip in question. She was not allowed to contact anyone to advise her about her rights although she was told at the beginning to contact the Icelandic embassy. Later that invitation was taken away.
She was questioned for hours then forced to remain in a chair in front of authority for five hours. What she witnessed was very telling. The others that had to go through the same process as her dealt with officials wanting to show their power. She remained cooperative not knowing that the office had plans of deporting her for her "crime."