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Commissioner: Officials Overzealous in Iranian Border Stops

Commissioner: Officials Overzealous in Iranian Border Stops Photo: WDIO-TV file

The Associated Press
Created: February 11, 2020 06:50 PM

U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Commissioner Mark Morgan says agency officials in Washington state were "a little overzealous" last month when they detained Iranian and Iranian-American travelers at the U.S.-Canada border.

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As many as 200 people of Iranian descent were held up for as long as 12 hours as they crossed the border from Canada into Washington state the weekend of Jan. 5-6, following a U.S. drone strike that killed a top Iranian general.

Morgan said Tuesday the agency does not target people based on nationality, but "in that one instance, leadership just got a little overzealous."

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