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Happy Monday Deported Under Homeland Security Rules

Author: Jonty Skrufff (
Saturday, January 10, 2004
Happy Mondays' dancer/ mascot Bez was arrested and refused entry to the States before Christmas after immigration officials spotted his drug conviction, Mixmag revealed this week.

The infamous party animal previously toured the States with Black Grape in 1996, though presumably fell victim to the tighter border controls now imposed in America (visitors with any drug convictions have long been barred from entry).

US authorities also started finger printing and photographing foreign visitors from most of the world this week, prompting an angry response from a Brazilian judge Julier Sebastiao da Silva.

"I consider the act absolutely brutal, threatening human rights, violating human dignity, xenophobic and worthy of the worst horrors committed by the Nazis," the judge said, as he retaliated by introducing reciprocal arrangements for Americans entering Brazil (New York Times).

Citizens from 27 countries including the UK, Australia and much of Western Europe are currently exempt from the finger printing procedure, though with biometric passports being needed from October, gaining entry will be more difficult than ever before.