The Trump administration rejected a green card application for a Muslim man who accused Border Patrol of serving him pork sandwiches for six days — and did so the day after Huffpost published an article detailing his allegations.
Adnan Asif Parveen filed an application to adjust his immigration status nearly two years ago, based on his marriage to a U.S. citizen. But he had yet to receive a decision from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services before he was detained at a Border Patrol checkpoint in Falfurrias, Texas, on Jan. 11.
“I feel like it’s simply because he’s Muslim,” Asif’s wife, Jennifer, told HuffPost. “All we have tried to do is be a family and be legal. Every step of the way has been completely complicated. It’s hard not to be discouraged.”
Though Asif possessed a permit allowing him to work legally while his green card application was pending, Border Patrol agents detained him for six days. Asif said the only food he received in the agency’s custody was a pork sandwich every eight hours, which he had to refuse because he practices Islam. When agents offered nothing else, he picked off the meat and ate the bread.
Asif told HuffPost that while he was in custody, two officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement questioned him about possible terrorist ties or anti-American sentiment at his mosque. “I said, no, the mosque is where you go to pray,” he recounted.
U.S. Customs and Border Protection declined to comment on the article, but pointed to guidelines requiring the agency to accommodate religious dietary restrictions. ICE declined to comment on the alleged interview and would not confirm that it occurred.
Asif is currently detained at Port Isabel Detention Center in South Texas, where he faces the possibility of deportation.