French Holocaust scholar almost deported from United States

Mr Rousso went on to attend the conference and thanked his supporters in a post on Twitter.

Rousso has given dozens of speeches over the years at several prominent US universities as well as the Holocaust Memorial Museum in Washington, D.C., and was a visiting professor at Texas A&M in 2007, according to his online profile.

He told the New York Times in a telephone interview that the agents stated that he was in violation of immigration law by attempting to enter the us on a tourist visa to participate in the academic conference.

The newspaper reported that there was a "misunderstanding" regarding Rousso's visa, leading authorities to classify him as an illegal alien.

Rousso was told he would be put on the first plane back to Paris.

Rousso said that when he arrived at Bush, around 2 p.m. on Wednesday, agents began questioning his visa and his reason for entry. The university enlisted one of its law professors who specializes in immigrant rights to intervene, The Eagle, a news site covering the Bryan-College Station area, where the university is located, reported on Saturday.

Officials felt that since Mr Rousso was going to be paid for participating in the symposium, the tourist visa he was travelling on was not valid.

"In the past, I had not seen anything like that happening", Ms Marouf said.

"With a tourist visa, I'm not allowed to work", Mr. Rousso told the Times.

"It would be in no means hard to look up who he is", Jason Mills, an immigration attorney based in Ft.

Furthermore, France is a beneficiary of the USA visa waiver program, which permits French citizens to enter the United States without a visa.

"It seems like there's much more rigidity and rigour in enforcing these immigration requirements and the technicalities of every visa", she said, quoted by The Eagle. There is plenty of history there on him.

Golsan praised Marouf, saying, "Due to her prompt and timely intervention, Rousso was released". "It is a little alarming".

"This incident has caused me some discomfort, but I can not stop thinking of all those who suffer these humiliations and legal violence without the protections I was able to benefit from", he wrote. "It's completely irrational, I know".

  • Stacy Allen