Most little girls keep diaries to write their secrets in, and then hide them somewhere in their room so that no one else can read it. Apparently older women also keep diaries as well. An Australian woman claims that she was traveling to Hawaii to spend time with her boyfriend, when she was detained at the airport, strip searched, placed in a temporary jail, and then sent back home after officials read her diary.
So why did they send her back? According to reports, they thought she was trying to illegal stay in America after her visa expired. However, she says that simply is not true.
“I didn’t really want to write this on Facebook, but to save me repeating myself it’s probably easier to answer how my Hawaii dream turned into a nightmare.
I left for Honolulu on Monday, and expected to pass through customs without too much hassle as I was going on a tourist visa for 88 days (the max is 90) with my return ticket paid for. I was taken into an interview room and had every inch of my luggage searched..they understood that I have an American boyfriend and I spent about 6 hours in and out of the interrogation rooms. In the end they were convinced I wanted to immigrate illegally because my diary had notes like “going away drinks” and “last day at work”, things I got in order before expecting to be away for 3 months.
I was told there were no more flights to Australia that day and I would have to spend the night at the detention centre, which the officer described as “like jail but you can’t make any phone calls”.
A few more hours later myself and a Japanese woman were handcuffed and transported to the detention centre, which was a federal prison. I was frisked, made to undress in front of an officer and show that there was nothing in my hair or mouth, and asked to ‘squat and cough’ which was absolutely mortifying. Then I was provided a prison uniform (a la Orange Is The New Black but in green) and to add insult the officer gave me a size S bra and size L everything else lol..
then myself and the Japanese woman spent over 2 hours in a cell before going through all kinds of scanners and had to remove every piece of jewellery and listed all my tattoos then answer questions about whether any of my tattoos are gang related.
I was then provided a blanket and brown paper bag with a PB&J sandwich and entered the women’s prison.
I overheard that my Japanese friend was sent straight to the SHU.
The officers here were slightly more friendly,
Read my file and made comments like “wow you’re unlucky!” And “you shoulda fell in love with a Canadian!”
Now picture OITNB but with locked cells.. this was actual prison. I sat and watched The Voice with the inmates, all who were so lovely to me, and intrigued to have an Australian visiting.. until their faces fell as they realised that they can never visit due to their felonies. I couldn’t believe I was in the same place as the chick whose boyfriend convinced her to drive 70 lb’s of heroin and meth over the Mexican border.
I tried to sleep, but couldn’t help hearing my “bunkie” drain our toilet and chat to her boyfriend upstairs through the toilet pipes. Which was amusing until I realised that those two felons in love probably have a better chance of being together than my boyfriend and I haha.
The next morning was my birthday! I was woken up by a flashlight and an officer who yelled “Hill! You’re getting released today” so I joined the food line but politely declined the oatmeal slops being served. A few of the girls called out “Happy Birthday!” as I left.
I got changed (strip, squat routine) and was handcuffed again. I remained in handcuffs and was escorted throughout the airport. Then I was finally allowed to call home, and had to pay $620 for a flight to Sydney. I stared at the walls for another 4 hours, then my possessions were finally returned and I was escorted by customs security into the airplane for my next 11 hour flight.
It’s been a surreal few days that’s taken a big chunk of money, heartache and tears.”
Fox News reports:
U.S. Customs and Border Protection told Fox News in a statement that Hill was denied entrance because she traveled to the U.S. to get married, not for vacation as she initially listed.
“Hill applied for admission as a visitor for pleasure (which means that she is only eligible to stay in the United States for a brief period of time) under the Visa Waiver Program. However, upon inspection, CBP officers found that Hill presented conflicting information and was determined to be inadmissible under the VWP,” a spokesman for U.S. Customs and Border Protection said.
“She was advised that she is no longer eligible for admission under the VWP and must obtain a valid, unexpired visa prior to subsequent entries to the U.S,” according to the statement.
Hill, however, did not indicate in her Facebook post that she intended to marry her boyfriend during her three-month stay.
The spokesman said Hill was taken to an a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center because the airport closed for the night. Since she violated the law, officials couldn’t put her in a hotel room.
“When a foreign national is found inadmissible, the traveler must remain in custody until the next flight back is available, in this case the following day. CBP operations at Honolulu are not 24 hours, so it can’t hold travelers overnight,” the spokesman said.
Her boyfriend did travel to Australia to spend a week with her since her vacation was derailed. She is also looking for a lawyer to dispute the issue and the money she lost.