In what may be a case of profiling gone awry, an upcoming South Korean pop group was forced to cancel a Los Angeles appearance and return home after customs officials at Los Angeles International Airport accused them of being sex workers.
According to the LA Times, K-pop group Oh My Girl (OMG) were detained for over 15 hours before giving up and taking the long flight home after extensive questioning and concerns about their visas.
While U.S. Customs refused to discuss the incident — which led to the cancellation of a promotional performance and photo shoot for the 8-girl pop act — the group’s management issued a statement saying the young women were accused of being “working women,” by their interrogators.
“As young women, they were mistaken as ‘working women’ which has recently been a big issue in the U.S.,” WM Entertainment said in the Korean-language statement. According to the management team, there was also a dispute over visas with the group stating they didn’t need a performance visa, since they were only doing a promotional event and not a concert.
Videos of the teen pop group have been viewed almost 2 million times on YouTube.
According to Korean language media in LA, immigration officials in the U.S. have grown concerned with the rise in “doumi girls,” imported to work in at Koreatown karaoke clubs where they are paid about $120 for two hours to encourage men to drink.
According to the management company, they are speaking with attorneys over the temporary incarceration by U.S. Customs.
Video of OMG can be seen below via YouTube:
Rep. Rashida Tlaib defies Trump in NAACP speech: ‘I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president’
Rep. Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) defiantly insisted on Monday that she would be in Congress until President Donald Trump is impeached.
At the 2019 annual NAACP convention, the announcer noted that Tlaib is a member of the four congresswomen known as The Squad who have recently been told by Trump to "go back" home.
Tlaib began her remarks by alluding to the president's attack.
"I’m not going nowhere, not until I impeach this president," she shouted.
Watch the video below from the NAACP.
Kellyanne Conway erupts after Fox hosts question Trump’s attacks on The Squad
Trump White House counselor Kellyanne Conway on Monday went off on an angry rant after Fox News hosts questioned the wisdom of President Donald Trump's latest attacks on four Democratic lawmakers known as "The Squad."
In particular, Conway was asked about Trump's tweet in which he said Reps. Ayanna Pressley (D-MA), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY), Ilhan Omar (D-MN) and Rashida Tlaib (D-MI) were incapable of loving the United States.
Conway responded by attacking the women for voting against funding for the humanitarian crisis at the southern border, which the lawmakers argued would just be giving the president money to further his campaign of abusing immigrants.
C-SPAN caller poisoned by Trump says congresswomen in The Squad own ’27 million black African slaves’
A Republican caller told C-SPAN on Monday that four non-white congresswomen own "27 million black African slaves."
On C-SPAN's Washington Journal program, a woman in Washington called in on the Republican line to rant against members of the so-called Squad: Democratic Reps. Ilhan Omar (MN), Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY), Ayanna Pressley (MA) and Rashida Tlaib (MI).
Lara began her call by chastising the media.
"There's a lot of facts that are being walked around," she complained. "For example, regarding the Russia-Mueller thing, it's a proven fact that there was false evidence bought by Obama, Clinton and all the rest... those are facts. That's not an opinion."