Transportation Sec. Ray LaHood's Son Banned from Leaving Egypt

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More than 10 Americans and Europeans are banned from leaving Egypt by Egyptian officials. The son of U.S. Transportation Secretary Ray Lahood is among them, according to the Associated Press.

Egypt's military campaign against human rights groups and others promoting democracy have increased the tension between that country and Washington.

The United States government issued a warning today that the campaign could hinder aid from America, which Egypt desperately needs in light of its poor economy and recent civil unrest.

Sam LaHood works for the pro-democracy, Washington-based group International Republican Institute (IRI), according to the Washington Post.

LaHood said he is often in contact with his son.

IRI was raided by Egyptian authorities before being shut down in Cairo on Dec. 29. Authorities accuse the group of using foreign money to cause unrest in Egypt. 

Scott Mastic, IRI’s regional director for the Middle East and North Africa said Sam LaHood is now one of 40 foreigners on a travel ban list as a result of the investigation, says the Washington Post.

U.S. officials are now putting pressure on Egypt as a result of the actions taken against the 10 Americans.