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What is in a name?

Apparently just the wrong name can mean you are refused entry to the US and the end of your job.

A Canadian truck driver says he's worried about his livelihood after he was denied entry to the United States by border guards who questioned him about his last name — one he happens to share with an assassinated Iranian general.

Babak Soleimani is a Canadian citizen who left Iran in 2009. He says he has no connection, familial or otherwise, to Qasem Soleimani, the Islamic Revolutionary Guard Corps general who was killed on Jan. 3 in U.S. drone strike.

"I tried to explain it for U.S. border [guards], and I want to explain it for you — this is a very popular last name in [the] Middle East," Soleimani told As It Happens host Carol Off. 

"I'm a truck driver. I'm not part of any government. I'm not a part of any political system."


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Re: What is in a name?

Good thing he's not an Aboriginal he would probably be in a Canadian prison.