In the same week, one of tens of thousands of criminal illegals that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) had failed to apprehend,murdered a California woman in broad daylight, the same department denied entry to a Canadian political activist who is also a director of the Council of Conservative Citizens.
On July 1, Kathryn Steinle, a 32-year old woman, was walking with her father after dinner on Pier 14 in San Francisco. They were approached by Francisco Sanchez, an illegal immigrant from Mexico, who had seven felony convictions and had been deported five times. For no apparent reason, Sanchez shot Miss Steinle in the head. She died in her father's arms, crying: "Dad, help me, help me."
Somehow DHS had failed to keep this violent illegal out and protect Americans. Even worse, San Francisco has declared itself a "sanctuary city" and refuses to enforce laws against illegals. Sanchez had actually been apprehended several months before he murdered Miss Steinle for pot possession and distribution. However, the City of San Fransisco refused to honor a "detainer" order from ICE and Sanchez walked free.
Far different was DHS handling of Paul Fromm, who had been invited to be the keynote speaker at a meeting of the American Freedom Party in Tehchapi, California. Passing through pre-clearance at Toronto's Pearson Airport on his was to Los Angeles, June 26,. Mr. Fromm was confronted by agents who made it plain that he was being hassled and turned down because of his politics.
When asked what his purpose for travelling was, Mr. Fromm replied that he was speaking to the American Freedom Party near Bakersfield. "That's a White supremacist group." he was informed.
Sent to secondary inspection, he was detained for three hours. When he was finally questioned, the issue of “White supremacy” again came up. Mr. Fromm said the AFP is not White Supremacist and does not seek to impose American ways on other countries and is, in fact, isolationist. Relying in Wikipedia, the agent said that Mr. Fromm or the AFP had “totalitarian affiliations.”
Mr. Fromm was then asked to prove he was not being paid by the AFP. He said it was hard to prove a negative. He was told to provide information about the conference “who, what, where, when” and that there was no remuneration. He was also told to provide tax slips that show employment in Canada.
Mr. Fromm rebooked his flight to an evening flight, returned to his Port Credit home and obtained copies of the necessary tax slips and a detailed invitation FAXed by AFP president William Johnson.
When he returned to catch his flight, he was sent immediately to secondary inspection without even a question being asked. Clearly, they were waiting for him. The bored agent who examined him showed no interest in the documentation he'd been asked to provide. His luggage was searched and some patriotic flags noted. The agent then told him he'd need a visa to enter the U.S. Most Canadians do not need a visa.
The AFP speaking engagement was missed. The next weekend Mr. Fromm had been invited to speak at Freedompalooza to be held in Bucks County, Pennsylvania. He applied for a visa on-line and obtained an expedited interview, June 30, still hoping to be able to fulfil the speaking engagement.
On attending the visa office at the U.S. Consulate in Toronto, Mr. Fromm was fingerprinted and then seen by an agent.
He explains: " She asked me why I was applying for a visa. I showed her the sheet that instructed me that I needed one. I told her that I had looked at the Section of the INA on my sheet and could not see how it applied to me."
“That’s their way of saying they don’t didn’t want you in the United States,” she advised him in a matter-of-fact manner. “You had Nazi flags” in your suitcase, she said. Mr. Fromm told her there were no Nazi flags.
She, then. asked him when he came from Germany." I told her I was born in Colombia, as it says on my passport. My Canadian born parents had been working in the oil business there. A few minutes later, she asked whether my father had served in the German Army. I told her no. My late father was a Canadian and served in the Royal Canadian Navy in WW II and my mother had served in the Canadian Army as a nurse."
After some consultation the agent said that further information and a further administrative review would be necessary to issue the visa. The process would take three months.
Mr. Fromm missed Freedompalooza and has had to cancel several other speaking engagements this summer in the U.S.
"I feel that I'm the victim of German-bashing," Mr. Fromm says. "If I had a long criminal record and had snuck in from Mexico, there would have been no problem."