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3 Kuwaitis prevented from entering the US – E-passports after DNA tests

KUWAIT CITY, July 25: US authorities deprived three Kuwaiti youths from entering the country through Los Angeles Airport. They faced marathon interrogation before they willingly returned to Dubai, reports Al-Seyassah daily. A source at the Kuwaiti Ministry of Foreign Affairs said the US authorities did not declare reasons behind the action. He also said the ministry has been contacting US authorities to find out what actually transpired.

Meanwhile, the concerned youths identified as M.A., N.N. and F.B. posted on Twitter that the US authorities cited security reasons without specifying anything further. They added the officials searched their phones and collected all data.

The youths later contacted the Kuwaiti Embassy in Washington and the officials promised to send a lawyer but nothing happened. They stressed the first phase of interrogations lasted about nine hours, and the second session took place inside a police station close to the airport, which also lasted about twelve hours. They stressed the officials gave them options to return or face deportation by force with attendant repercussions of five years entry ban.

This prompted them to agree to return on a Dubai flight. Meanwhile, Assistant Undersecretary for Citizenship and Passports Affairs in the Ministry of Interior Major General Sheikh Mazen Al-Jarrah confirmed that e-passports will be issued only once the applicant undergoes DNA test, reports Al-Rai daily.

In a press statement, Al-Jarrah asserted the DNA test is required, reiterating this is in the interest of the public, particularly for security reasons and to end anomalies in obtaining citizenship. He confirmed the implementation of the DNA Law and he hopes the information gathered through the DNA test will greatly contribute to efforts to stop fraud in obtaining citizenship.

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