Since the beginning of human civilization, lines have been drawn, countries divided, and walls built to keep foreigners out. At the same time, people have always wanted to be on the move, changing their stars and finding greener grass on the other side. With these two things in conflict, immigrants, whether legal or illegal, are always in danger of deportation. Whether the reasons for deportation are valid or not, sometimes they can just be downright weird. Curious to hear why people have been kicked out of a country? Here are 25 Bizarre Reasons People Have Been Deported.
In Kuwait, Thousands Deported for Speeding
In 2013, Kuwait did a major crackdown on their expatriate population by deporting any of them caught speeding. Not only that, but driving without a license, using their cars for paying passengers, or jumping a red light got them booted out of the country without a court order. In total, they deported 1,258 people for traffic violations.
Woman Deported for Tattoo
A British woman entering Sri Lanka was immediately detained when authorities took offense to her tattoo with a picture of Buddha. She was arrested at their main airport and appeared before a magistrate. Without saying what charges were being brought against her, they ordered her deportation.
Deported for Having a Guitar
A man who wanted to tour the American south and play gigs with his guitar, following in the footsteps of Johnny Cash and Elvis, was detained at customs, aggressively questioned, threatened with jail time, and body searched. Eventually, they didn’t allow him to enter the United States for illegal business reasons and sent him back to Europe.
Deported for Admitting to Smoking Weed
An immigrant from Chile flew to Los Angeles to meet up with her long-distance boyfriend, but she never it made it through customs. Flagged for multiple trips into the United States, she was thoroughly questioned and her wallet, cell phone, emails, and photos were searched. Then they asked her if she had ever smoked weed. She said she had in Colorado once, which was enough for them to detain her for 15 hours before flying her back to Chile.
Father Taking Daughter to School Gets Deported
While driving his 13-year-old daughter to school, Romulo Avelica-Gonzalez was pulled over by ICE agents and arrested for being an undocumented immigrant. He would routinely take her to school before going to work at a restaurant. He’d been living in the United States for 25 years.