Wednesday, March 02, 2005

Kentucky Derby Winner a Homeland Security Threat?

In an unprecedented move toward freeing Lebanon, Kentucky, from what President Bush calls "the death grip of the totalitarian Syrian regime," the office of Homeland Security established a Free-Lebanon task force and began cracking down on all foreign travel and business activity in Kentucky. State officials are flabbergasted.

(CBS Sports) Toronto-born jockey Stewart Elliott, winner of last year's Kentucky Derby and Preakness aboard Smarty Jones, was arrested and detained Tuesday by American immigration officials. Elliott, 39, was taken into custody by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents at Philadelphia International Airport because he pleaded guilty to a felony assault four years ago.

Stewart Elliott won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness. Although Homeland Security spokesman Manny Van Pelt stated Elliott "is not here illegally," immigration law stipulates aliens with felony convictions are subject to removal from the U.S.


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