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Syrian cinematographer who worked on Oscar nominated film was denied entry to US
11:29, 25 February 2017
Syrian cinematographer who worked on Oscar nominated film was denied entry to US

Khaled Khateeb had American visa, but he was not allowed to get on the plane

11:29, 25 February 2017

White Helmets

The United States of America has refused entry to Khaled Khateeb, a 21-year-old Syrian cinematographer who worked on a harrowing film about his nation's civil war, "The White Helmets," that has been nominated for an Academy Award, according to AP news agency.

He was earlier granted the American visa, but he was not allowed to get on the plane. According to the agency, the US Department of Homeland Security decided to block cinematographer from traveling to Los Angeles for Oscars as they reported finding some "derogatory information" regarding Khateeb. Derogatory information means a wide range of issues from terror connections to passport violations.

"A valid travel document is required for travel to the United States." Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, said in a commentary.

"The White Helmets," a 40-minute Netflix documentary, has been nominated for Best Documentary Short. The film features three "White Helmet" rescue workers risking their lives to save Syrian people who were affected by the civil war.

As it was reported earlier, President Donald Trump has signed an executive memorandum that makes sweeping changes to US refugee and immigration policy on January 27. The document calls for an immediate suspension of immigration from countries with ties to terror, including Syria, Yemen, Sudan, Somalia, Iraq, Iran and Libya, for a time period of 90 days. The order also calls on the secretary of state to suspend the entire Refugee Admissions Program (meaning all countries) for 120 days while authorities review the application and adjudication process.

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