The 62-year-old, who has taught at the prestigious Sorbonne in Paris and Columbia University in NY, said officials told him he had been selected for a "random check", which the Egyptian-born academic claims was not some "mere coincidence".
Henry Rousso, a well known French historian was headed to a Texas university to attend a conference when he was reportedly detained at the Houston airport for ten hours, and threatened with deportation. He said he was told the agent who first processed his entry was "inexperienced". While Customs and Border Protection officials have stayed mum, a $2,000 honorarium due to Rousso appears to have been a source of confusion, the New York Times reports.
Mr Rousso credited a team of lawyers, university officials and immigration experts with securing his release, saying: "Without them, I would have been led handcuffed, chained, and shackled to board for Paris".
But things did not go according to plan: Rousso - an Egyptian-born French citizen - was "mistakenly detained" by US immigration authorities, according to Richard Golsan, director of the Glasscock Center for Humanities Research at Texas A&M.
Rousso expressed his disapproval when he tweeted, "I have been detained 10 hours at Houston International Airport about to be deported".
When Rousso, who was born in Egypt but has lived in France since he was 2, failed to meet the driver sent by the university, A&M officials began attempting to figure out what the problem was.
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He told Dagens Nyheter on Friday that he was a USA -based independent analyst, and Fox News had chosen its description of him. Except, according to Dagens Nyheter (DN) neither the Swedish Foreign Ministry, nor the Ministry of Defence have heard of him.
Fatma Marouf, the law professor, told The Eagle that she had not previously seen such strict enforcement.
Furthermore, France is a beneficiary of the USA visa waiver program, which permits French citizens to enter the United States without a visa.
President Donald Trump has pledged to tighten U.S. border controls.
USA authorities came close to deporting an Egyptian-born French Jewish Holocaust-era scholar on his way to speak at a symposium at Texas A&M. Vichy authorities are particularly infamous for assisting the Germans in rounding up and deporting tens of thousands of Jews from France during the Holocaust, a frightful truth that Rousso once called "the past that does not pass".
"Thank you so much for your reactions", the historian wrote on Twitter. "My situation was nothing compared to some of the people I saw who couldn't be defended as I was", he said. His lecture was to be on "Writing on the Dark Side of the Recent Past". "What I know, having loved this country forever, is that the United States is no longer quite the United States".