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A Jewish historian born in Egypt was 'mistakenly detained' in Houston and nearly deported

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An Egyptian-born French Jewish historian was "mistakenly detained" for more than 10 hours at Houston's George Bush International Airport last week.

Henry Rousso landed in the airport on Wednesday. He was scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University on Friday, The Washington Post reports. Instead, he called the school to say he was waiting to be sent back to Paris on the first flight out. 

Law professor Fatma Marouf, who had written an amicus brief against President Trump's travel ban, intervened, allowing Rousso to leave and deliver his lecture.

It is not clear why Rousso was detained. Egypt is not one of the seven countries mentioned in Trump's suspended travel ban. Additionally, French citizens can enter the U.S. without a visa under the visa waiver program.

Rousso tweeted that the officer who detained him was "inexperienced."

He insisted his situation was "nothing" compared to others'.

Rousso's studies the Vichy regime, the government of France that cooperated with Nazi Germany during World War II and deported tens of thousands of Jews. 

One historian found that ironic.

Others merely apologized.

Some were quick to blame Trump.

French economic minister Emmanuel Macron decried the detainment.

Rousso promised he would write more about his experiences.

U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials in Houston could not immediately be reached for comment. 

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