This is an incredible story of Democrats trying to make a political point against President Donald Trump and his travel ban.
But it turned out to be bad news for a 12 year old girl.
From Washington Post:
It was a long journey for Indian snowshoe champion Tanveer Hussain and his team manager to the World Snowshoe Championships in Saranac Lake, N.Y., last weekend.
The two men were initially denied visas to travel to the United States in the chaotic days following the Trump administration’s travel ban. The reasons for the rejections remain unclear — India is not among the seven countries named in Trump’s executive order — but after the intervention of Saranac Lake’s mayor and the office of Sen. Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.), the U.S. Embassy in New Delhi reversed its decision.
Hussain claimed he was told he had been denied a visa because of “current policy,” implying the travel ban was the reason.
However, U.S. officials say it was not because of the travel ban.
But Democrats, including New York Senator Chuck Schumer, thinking they could make a political point against President Donald Trump, lobbied for Hussain to get his visa and attacked the ban.
Mir had said that the visa would not have been issued without the “personal efforts” of Schumer and New York’s other Democratic senator, Kirsten Gillibrand. On Feb. 25, Schumer celebrated Hussain’s “rock star” welcome in a Facebook post, saying that the United States is “Still a country that welcome athletes from across the globe to compete in our stadiums, our snow-covered fields and everywhere in between.”
They greeted Hussain and his manager like heroes, according to Mir Mudasir, president, Snowshoe Federation of India.
The two were the toast of the village. Locals offered them free lodging, meals and a crowdfunding campaign raised $1,600 in a week to cover their travel expenses, The Enterprise wrote.
That was until Hussain allegedly touched a child.
The “fairy tale” was shattered Wednesday, when Hussain, 24, was arrested and charged with felony sexual abuse and child welfare endangerment, police said.
The parents of the 12-year-old girl allegedly involved said the incident happened Monday, after the end of the three-day snowshoe competition, and reported it to local authorities.
The girl told police there was a “passionate kiss” and that Hussain touched her in an intimate area on top of her clothing.
His brother said Hussain didn’t mean any harm. “In Kashmir, we have a tradition of showing love to children. We hug and kiss a child here, and our society doesn’t see it as a crime,” he said.
We also don’t approve of men touching and “passionately kissing” 12 year olds.
Thanks, Chuck Schumer, your political agenda made this all possible…