Mem Fox gets apology after US detention

This is becoming ridiculous. People in the US probably aren’t aware that – for foreigners – entering America has been an intimidating experience since the George W Bush days. People have to be fingerprinted and photographed like criminals if they want to come for a holiday.

Now though, under Trump, the power has gone to people’s heads. Because it doesn’t affect them, many in the US probably don’t realise how bad it is.

When famous, seventy-year-old children’s authors are being treated like this…?!


Best-selling Australian author Mem Fox may never return to the United States after being detained by immigration officials at Los Angeles Airport, saying she has never been “treated with such disdain”.

“I felt like I had been physically assaulted which is why, when I got to my hotel room, I completely collapsed and sobbed like a baby. And I’m 70 years old,” she told the ABC.

Fox has received an apology after lodging complaints with the Australian embassy in Washington and the United States embassy in Canberra.

However she says she is unlikely to return to America after the experience earlier this month.

She told the ABC she was questioned for two hours by customs officers who appeared to have been given “turbocharged power” by President Donald Trump’s executive order on immigration.

“I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness,” she said.


Fox is the author of several best-selling children’s books including Possum Magic, Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, Wombat Divine and Where is the Green Sheep?

5 thoughts on “Mem Fox gets apology after US detention

  1. This is terrible. I was fortunate enough to meet Mem Fox when she was doing school tours about 10 or so years ago. She is a lovely person and it makes me sad that she was treated like this.

    1. What do those people think when they see people like her coming?! Terrorist? Illegal immigrant? It’s ridiculous. The power is really getting to the US border officers. 😦

  2. I know I won’t be setting foot in the USA while Trump is in the White House. I am so pleased that I was able to attend the Historical Romance Retreat last year before he became president. Even then, I felt intimidated by the Immigration Officer. Ironically, the person who treated me, a 69 year old, with the most respect was a black officer.

    1. On top of being so disgusted by the current US government, I wouldn’t want to take the risk of being treated like that, so I wouldn’t go back at the moment.

      I have come across enough rude people at various countries’ immigration before, but couldn’t imagine having to go through what Mem Fox did.

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