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Over 60 Iranians and Iranian-Americans detained at Peace Arch, US CBP is denying the claims made

- Blaine, WA/ Surrey B.C.

Over 60 iranian and Iranian-Americans were detained at the Peace Arch Border Crossing Sunday afternoon on the United States side. The Washington state chapter of the Council on American-Islamic Relations says it is assisting more than 60 Iranian nationals and American citizens who were "detained at length and questioned" at Peace Arch border crossing as they tried to enter the United States after visiting British Columbia.

In a press release, the Council on American-Islamic Relations (CAIR) said it had spoken to people who had been detained who said they were "questioned about their political views and allegiances" and held for more than 10 hours.

The organization also claims to have information from a source at U.S. Customs and Border Patrol who

"reported that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has issued a national order to CBP to 'report' and detain anyone with Iranian heritage entering the country who is deemed potentially suspicious or 'adversarial,' regardless of citizenship status."