Khizr Khan, an attorney of Pakistani origin who denounced Donald Trump at last year’s Democratic National Convention, canceled a scheduled speech in Canada after being told his "travel privileges are being reviewed," according to the event organizer Ramsay Talks.
 
Khan is a Muslim has lived in the U.S. since 1980 and is a naturalized citizen of the United States. So far, it is not clear which authorities had contacted Khan or which travel privileges are being reviewed. U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment about Khan specifically. While it is not clear whether it is the case with Khan, but the federal government does notify people who are losing their membership in the Global Entry program that allows pre-screened travelers to go through customs quickly upon arriving in the country.
 
Khan was to speak at a luncheon in Toronto, Ontario, on Tuesday. The luncheon at the Toronto-based organization was to feature a presentation plus a question-and-answer session on "what we can do about the appalling turn of events in Washington -- so that we don’t all end up sacrificing everything," according to the organizers.
 
The organizer posted a statement on Facebook that said Khan was not told why his travel status was under review. "This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad," Khan said in the statement. "I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future."
 
Khan made international headlines last year for his impassioned speech at the Democratic National Convention, in which he condemned Trump’s stance on Muslim immigration. "Donald Trump, you're asking Americans to trust you with their future. Let me ask you, have you even read the United States Constitution?" Khan said as he displayed a pocket-sized copy of the  Constitution. "I will gladly lend you my copy. In this document, look for the words 'liberty' and 'equal protection of law.'"
 
Khan’s son, Army Capt. Humayun Khan, was killed by a suicide car-bomber in Iraq in 2004. He  received a Purple Heart and the Bronze Star posthumously. Khizr Khan, a Muslim activist, is frequently called a "Gold Star father."


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Spero News editor Martin Barillas is a former US diplomat, who also worked as a democracy advocate and election observer in Latin America. His first novel 'Shaken Earth', is available at Amazon.

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