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Open letter to the U.S. Administration by H-France Chief Editor

From H-France.net, via h-france@lists.uakron.edu, 1 March 2017 An Open Letter to President Donald Trump, Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, and Secretary of Homeland Security John F. Kelly On 22 February 2017, our colleague and friend Henry Rousso, a French citizen and eminent scholar of fascism and its continuing memory in France, was detained for more than ten hours at Houston’s George Bush Intercontinental Airport.  He had arrived from France as an invited speaker of the Hagler Institute for Advanced Studies at Texas A&M University. (Professor Rousso’s description of his experience can be found here).  As Professor Rousso recounts, although in possession of a valid visa, he was extensively interrogated, fingerprinted, bodily searched, and threatened with deportation—an outcome which, an officer informed him, would have led to him being handcuffed, chained, and shackled.  Without the intervention of officials from Texas A&M University, Professor Rousso would have been unjustly denied entry to the United States. Professor Rousso’s treatment is deeply disturbing to us as individuals who expect all people to be treated with fundamental human decency.   His treatment also disturbs us as a scholarly community that thrives on international exchange and cooperation.  We attend conferences, participate in seminars, and access libraries, archives, and research […]

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