Teen barred for life from United States for “angry” e-mail

Drinking and dialing can land you in a lot of trouble in your personal life, but drinking and e-mailing can be worse if it ends up being sent to the wrong people. A single e-mail has now landed a British teenager with an alleged  lifetime ban from visiting or entering the United States.

The White House received an “abusive and curse-laden” e-mail directed at president Obama, according to the New York Daily News that was deemed threatening.

The teenager, Luke Angel of Bedfordshire, England, told a British newspaper on Sunday that he didn’t really remember what he wrote as he’d “had a few”, but he thinks he might have only called the president a non-four letter word that’s relatively safe for daytime television.

British officials came to the teen’s home and took his photo, informing the teenager that he was forbidden from visiting the United States forever.

According to the United States Department of Homeland Security, there are about 60 reasons why someone can be banned from the United States for life under the Immigration and Naturalization Act, from health concerns to immigration violations.

While it may be obvious that the teenager never intended physical harm to President Obama and we support free speech, those in charge may feel differently when they make these decisions. An American could probably do the same thing and get away with a warning, but if it is someone from another country their future immigration privileges may be revoked.

Michael Niren

About Michael Niren

Michael is a graduate of Osgoode Hall Law School in Toronto. He is a member of the Law Society of Upper Canada, the Canadian Bar Association’s Citizenship and Immigration Section and the Associate Member of the American Bar Association. Read more

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