A prominent whistleblower said the Department of Homeland Security revoked his status as a member of the Global Entry program, The Hill reports.
Bill Browder, a leading critic of Russian President Vladimir Putin, tweeted Sunday, “Not only did Putin add me to the Interpol list, but the US simultaneously revoked my visa.”
— Bill Browder (@Billbrowder) October 22, 2017
“I discovered that my Global Entry status had been revoked,” Browder told The Hill. “We then checked into a flight to Newark and the airline wouldn’t let me check in, wouldn’t let me board because of the visa issue.”
Browder, a British citizen, was one of the leading figures in creating the Magnitsky Act, which froze assets and revoked the visas of any Russians suspected of human rights abuses.
“This is outrageous,” tweeted Michael McFaul, the former US ambassador to Russia.
— Michael McFaul (@McFaul) October 22, 2017
Republican Sen. John McCain and Democratic Sen. Ben Cardin called on DHS to review their decision.
“The Department of Homeland Security should expedite an immediate review of the decision to revoke Mr. Browder’s visa,” they said in a statement on Monday. The senators said it “would be unfortunate if the U.S. decided to bar him based on a decision by those same Russian officials who have been targeted by this important legislation.”