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Khizr Khan, a Pakistani-American lawyer and gold star father, reacts as he is introduced during a House Democratic forum on President Donald Trump's executive order on immigration. (AP Photo/Alex Brandon)

Khizr Khan claimed his 'freedom to travel abroad' is under review


Khizr Khan, the Muslim Gold Star father best known for his powerful speech at the Democratic National Convention, claims his "freedom to travel abroad" is currently under review, Politico reports.

Khan was scheduled to speak at a luncheon for the Ontario-based Ramsay Talks on Tuesday but was forced to abruptly cancel his trip after receiving a warning late Sunday that his traveling privileges were under review.

“As a consequence, Mr. Khan will not be traveling to Toronto on March 7th to speak about tolerance, understanding, unity and the rule of law,” Ramsay Talks said in a statement on its Facebook page. “Very regretfully, Ramsay Talks must cancel its luncheon with Mr. Khan. Guests will be given full refunds.”

Tickets were priced at about $100 per person. 

Khan, who was born in Pakistan but has been a U.S. citizen for more than 30 years, later issued a statement saying he is confused as to why his travel privileges are under review. 

"This turn of events is not just of deep concern to me but to all my fellow Americans who cherish our freedom to travel abroad," Khan said in a statement. "I have not been given any reason as to why. I am grateful for your support and look forward to visiting Toronto in the near future."

News of the travel restrictions was first reported by CTV News shortly after President Trump issued his revised executive order. The new executive order bans travel from six majority-Muslim nations, but would not have impacted Khan.

Khan's son U.S. Army Cpt. Humayun Kahn was killed while serving in Iraq in 2004. Khan's speech during the Democratic National Convention was highly critical of Trump's campaign proposals to limit Muslim immigration to the U.S. He then pointed to the fact that his son would have never served the country if it were up to Trump.

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