10 tips for Muslim travellers

Emphasizing that one should “maintain etiquette, politeness, and composure” while engaging any border agent, Quraishi-Landes offered 10 necessary tips for US Muslim travelers:

  1. Tell them you are an American citizen.

  2. Tell them you’ve identified yourself.

  3. Ask to speak to their supervisor.

  4. Tell them you want a lawyer (have ACLU, CAIR, or your lawyer’s number with you)

  5. Tell them you believe you are being religiously profiled. You MUST be allowed entry as an American citizen and you do not need to answer questions about how you pray or what you believe in.

  6. Do not sign anything – NOTHING.

  7. If they try to make you reboard an airplane, sit down on the ground and go limp if they try to lift you. Never hit or push.

  8. Keep asking for a lawyer.

  9. Make sure someone knows your complete itinerary. Make sure someone is waiting for you at your destination or knows to expect you.

  10. If you wish, email your name and itinerary to: airport@refugeerights.org. Attorney groups at your destination airport will be notified, just in case. Even if you aren’t a refugee, it will allow them to route you to an immigration attorney if you need one.