A Portland comedian says he was traveling home from a stand-up show in Pullman on Sunday when immigration authorities forced him off a Greyhound bus at the Spokane Intermodal Center and falsely accused him of being in the country illegally.
In a viral Twitter thread and in interviews with several news outlets, Mohanad Elshieky said he showed his work permit and driver's license to federal agents who boarded the bus, but they insisted he should have been carrying his asylum papers.
"They walked around before they asked me and few others to step outside and took my documents and interrogated me for around 20 mins then claimed my papers were fake and that I'm 'illegal,' " Elshieky wrote.
The incident drew rebukes from local activists and Spokane City Council members, who last year passed an ordinance aimed at curbing U.S. Border Patrol activity at the city-owned transportation center. It also caught the attention of national figures including U.S. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the newly elected New York Democrat who has led progressive calls to "abolish ICE," a reference to Immigration and Customs Enforcement.