September 4, 2019 | Faculty Media>Tarek Ismail, Faculty Work, INRC Impact Docket 2

Tarek Z. Ismail writes for CUNY Law: More than 19 months ago, after the Muslim Ban had been twice revised and fallen from the headlines, I got a call from a distraught woman in Columbus, Ohio. “I can’t find my husband,” she said. She and their baby daughter had waited eight hours for Abdikadir Mohamed at the John Glenn Columbus Internation Airport — but he never showed. We eventually learned that Abdi, a Somali man living in South Africa, had been intercepted at John F. Kennedy International Airport (JFK) by a stealth CBP unit — the Tactical Terrorism Response Team (TTRT) — designed to deny entry to travelers with valid documents on the basis of the same insidious stereotyping brought to you by the travel ban (and nearly 20 years of post-9/11 counter-terrorism policy).