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Portland Comedian Sues Government Over CBP Detention

(Portland, OR)  --  A Portland comedian who was briefly detained by U.S. Customs and Border Protection in Spokane, Washington has filed a federal lawsuit against the U.S. government.  Mohanad Elshieky is a Libyan national who received asylum status back in 2017.  According to his lawsuit, Elshieky was ordered off a Greyhound bus at the Spokane Intermodal Station in 2019 while heading home from a show in Pullman, Washington.  The comedian says he was interrogated by CBP agents for 20 minutes, who argued that his papers were fake, and when he tried to explain his status the officers dismissed his explanations.  Elshieky is seeking 250-thousand dollars in his claim. 

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