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James Corden: Airport Security For White Christians (Video)

| by Michael Allen

James Corden, the British host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS, filmed himself as he breezed through security at the Los Angeles International Airport on Jan. 30 (video below).

The video was used for the opening of his show that same night, notes CBS News.

People protesting against President Donald Trump's restrictions for travelers from seven predominantly Muslim countries are briefly seen in the video as Corden enters the terminal.

As he goes through security, Corden does not face any unusual obstacles.

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At the end of the video, these words appear on the screen: "Today, James flew out of Los Angeles. So all of our shows this week have been pre-taped. Freedom of movement should be this easy for all legal immigrants. Not just the white and Christian ones."

Iraqi-born Mayasah Witwit told the Los Angeles Times that she was detained on Jan. 29 at LAX with about 20 to 30 other passengers.

Witwit had flown in from Turkey, where her sick father lives. Witwit, her husband and four children fled Iraq to the U.S. in 2016 as refugees. They currently live in Westminster, a suburb of Los Angeles.

Witwit, who has advanced-stage breast cancer, said that customs officials told her: "You are from Iraq. You can’t enter."

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Witwit was offered water and allowed to use a bathroom, but was not permitted to take her medication, which was in her luggage.

An immigration lawyer contacted Customs and Border Protection officials about Witwit's medical situation, and after about six hours she was allowed to leave LAX with her family who had come to pick her up.

According to Witwit's family, officials didn't clearly explain why Witwit was allowed to leave.

The Los Angeles Times notes that the detention process is clouded in secrecy, making it difficult to determine how many people have been detained or deported. Federal officials have refused to provide information regarding the length of the detentions to the paper.

Sources: The Late Late Show with James Corden/YouTube, Los Angeles Times, CBS News / Photo Credit: iDominick/Flickr

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