Friday 23 June 2017

Syrian Oscar nominee banned from US before ceremony

An emergency responder carries a wounded child following a reported barrel bomb strike by government forces on a rebel-controlled district of the northern city of Aleppo on September 20, 2014. (Photo credit: KHALED KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)
An emergency responder carries a wounded child following a reported barrel bomb strike by government forces on a rebel-controlled district of the northern city of Aleppo on September 20, 2014. (Photo credit: KHALED KHATIB/AFP/Getty Images)

Bradley Klapper

An Oscar nominee has been refused entry to the US ahead of the awards ceremony on Sunday.

U.S. immigration authorities have decided to bar entry to a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer whose harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," has been nominated for an Academy Award.

According to internal Trump administration correspondence seen by The Associated Press, the Department of Homeland Security has decided at the last minute to block Khaled Khatib from traveling to Los Angeles for the Oscars.

Khatib was scheduled to arrive Saturday in Los Angeles on a Turkish Airlines flight departing from Istanbul. But his plans have been upended after U.S. officials reported finding "derogatory information" against Khalid.

The Department of Homeland Security declined to comment. Derogatory information is a broad category that can include everything from terror connections to passport irregularities.

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