- By Joshua Keating
Joshua Keating is associate editor at Foreign Policy and the editor of the Passport blog. He has worked as a researcher, editorial assistant, and deputy Web editor since joining the FP staff in 2007. In addition to being featured in Foreign Policy, his writing has been published by the Washington Post, Newsweek International, Radio Prague, the Center for Defense Information, and Romania's Adevarul newspaper. He has appeared as a commentator on CNN International, C-Span, ABC News, Al Jazeera, NPR, BBC radio, and others. A native of Brooklyn, New York, he studied comparative politics at Oberlin College.
The English Defense League is a far-right extremist group devoted to keeping undesirable immigrants — Muslims in particular — out of Britain. But one of it’s leaders, Stephen Lennon, found himself on the other side of the immigration divide when he was arrested trying to enter the U.S. on a false passport. The Independent reports:
Mr Lennon, who had previously been refused entry to the US, used a passport in the name of Andrew McMaster to board a Virgin Atlantic Flight from Heathrow to New York in September.
He was caught when customs officials at JFK airport took his fingerprints and realised he was not Mr McMaster.
Lennon was asked to attend a second interview but left the airport, entering the US illegally.
Mr Lennon stayed one night in the US and then travelled back to the UK the following day using his own legitimate passport – – which bears the name Paul Harris.
Lennon/Harris/McMaster, who has prior convictions for assault and other offences, was arrested back in the U.K. and has been sentenced to 10 months in jail.