An Australian woman claimed that her dream her way to her boyfriend in Hawaii turned into a nightmare when she was held and on a flight back home because the officials read her diary, and in particular, they tried to emigrate to the United States illegally.
Molly Hill wrote in a long Facebook post that she traveled from Melbourne, Australia, to Honolulu last Monday to spend time with her friend. She obtained a tourist visa for 88 days and already bought a ticket for the return trip to the house for a later date.
But that all changed once they landed in Honolulu, and began to talk with the U. S. Customs and Border Patrol agents.
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“I was taken into an interview room and had every inch of my luggage searched..they understood that I have an American friend and I have about 6 hours in and out of the interrogation rooms,” Hill wrote on Facebook.
“At the end they were convinced, I wanted to immigrate illegally because my diary had comments like ‘go drinks’ and ‘last day on the job,” I never in order before expecting to be away for three months,” she added.
Hill said after her visa was refused, she was beaten and taken to a detention centre, because there were no flights back to Australia until the next morning. In the detention center, she claimed that she was forced to undress in front of an officer and thoroughly investigated before a “prison uniform.”
Hill compared the prison to the women’s prison in the popular tv show “Orange is the New Black.”
“I couldn’t believe I was in the same place as the chick whose boyfriend convinced her to drive 70 kilos of heroin and meth across the Mexican border,” Hill wrote. “I tried to sleep, but couldn’t help hearing my ‘bunkie’ drain our toilet and chatting with her friend over by the toilet pipes. That was funny until I realized that these two criminals in love probably have a better chance to be together than my friend and I, haha.”
She was released the following morning, who was also her birthday. She called to the house, and a flight back to Sydney for $620. They described the ordeal as a “surreal” few days that it took her “a big chunk of money, grief, and tears.”
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The U. S. Customs and Border Protection, told Fox News in a statement that Hill was denied entrance because she traveled to the united states to marry, not for a holiday as they initially stated.
“Hill of the admission as a visitor for pleasure (which means that they only qualify for a stay in the United States for a short period of time) under the Visa Waiver Program. However, during the inspection, the CBP officials that Hill presented conflicting information and was determined to be inadmissible under the VWP,” a spokesman for the U. S. Customs and Border Protection said.
“She Was advised that they are not eligible for admission under the VWP and must obtain a valid, non-expired visa, prior to the later entries to the U. S,” the statement said.
Hill, not, however, on her Facebook post that she intended to marry with her friend during her three-month stay.
The spokesman said Hill was taken to a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement detention center, because the airport closed for the night. Since they violated the law, the officials could not be with her in a hotel room.
“If an alien is found inadmissible, the traveler must remain in detention until the next flight back is available, in this case the following day. CBP activities in Honolulu are not 24 hours, so it may not be in the possession of travelers ‘ night,” the spokesman said.
He added the officers acted with “respect, integrity, [and] the professionalism” in the case, denying reports that Hill was strip-searched at the airport.
The ordeal did not deter Hill’s boyfriend is coming to Australia. Hill posted a picture on Facebook on the Saturday of the couple hugging at the Melbourne International Airport.
“Ross is here for the week to visit (without problems by the Customs!). Thank you to everyone for the good wishes and support. Of course, I love Americans, just still under the impression of how I was treated,” Hill wrote
She added that she was not paid to do interviews with news outlets and that the ordeal cost her more than $2,000 because they could not get a refund for her original flight.