Remember, borders are racist.

Be warned… we’re all racist if we don’t let just anyone in.

US immigration officials force Nigerian software engineer to complete written test to prove his computer knowledge.

US immigration officials forced a Nigerian software engineer to complete a written test on binary search trees to prove his computer knowledge.

US immigration officials force Nigerian software engineer to complete written test to prove his computer knowledge.

Customs and Border Protection officers, took Celestine Omin, 28, into a room for further checks after he arrived at New York’s JFK Airport last week, 24 hours after he set off.

He told them he worked for Andela, a tech start-up with offices in New York, Lagos, Nairobi and San Francisco, which claims to take “the most talented developers on the African continent” and link them with potential US employers.

US immigration officials force Nigerian software engineer to complete written test to prove his computer knowledge.

The firm has offices in Kenya’s capital Nairobi, San Francisco, New York and the Nigerian city of Lagos, which was visited by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg.

One of the  officers then presented him with  a piece of paper and a pen and told to answer these two questions to prove he is actually a software engineer:

“Write a function to check if a Binary Search Tree is balanced.”

“What is an abstract class, and why do you need it?”

In computer science, binary search trees are a particular type of data structure that store items such as numbers or names.

Celestine Omin on Twitter: “I was just asked to balance a Binary Search Tree by JFK’s airport immigration. Welcome to America.”

Celestine Omin @cyberomin Feb 26

I was just asked to balance a Binary Search Tree by JFK’s airport immigration. Welcome to America.

US immigration officials force Nigerian software engineer to complete written test to prove his computer knowledge.

Omin told Linkedin that he thought the questions could have multiple answers and looked to him like someone with no technical background Googled something like: “Questions to ask a software engineer.”

After spending about 10 minutes working on them, he handed in his answers only to be told they were wrong.

As time passed, he said that he expected to be sent home to Nigeria, only for the official to let him go.

US immigration officials force Nigerian software engineer to complete written test to prove his computer knowledge.

“He said, ‘Look, I am going to let you go, but you don’t look convincing to me,’” Omin said. “I didn’t say anything back. I just walked out.”

It later emerged that the officers had phoned Andela to verify his story.

Nigeria is not one of the included in US President Donald Trump’s executive order barring travel from seven predominantly Muslim countries. 

No, Celestine. I don’t feel sorry that you were inconvenienced.

I’ve been questioned by security. I’ve been patted down by security. I’ve been searched by security. It’s a running joke in my family that I can’t get on a plane without security doing something to me. That’s what having a border is about. I never once complained. Because a country has the right to say who’s allowed in and who’s not. If this concept is too complex for you, don’t travel.

No, I will not be shamed for Celestine’s inconvenience because he happens to be black.

In the U.K., grown men of military age are allowed into the country because the media calls them “child refugees.” That’s beyond moronic. It’s cultural suicide. It’s an example not to follow. And you don’t have the right to not be questioned. Regardless of your skin color.

This is what having a border looks like. You might be inconvenienced. Lord knows I have. Suck it up, pansies.

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4 comments

  1. Right on! Borders have a purpose! I was stopped and seriously gone over going in to US and I am a white, middle aged, respectable looking guy. The problem was, I was traveling alone. I would have checked me out thoroughly!

    I have also had the indignity of trying to get in to Nigeria many times and believe me, what this guy went through was nothing in comparison!

    1. I’ve been stopped for thinking I have drugs because I used to be thin as a rail. I was a petite teen and they thought the worst. Did I think they were being monsters? No! These people are all about the feelz.
      That’s the ironic part, isn’t it? These countries that complain the most tend to have the strictest immigration policies ever!

  2. Smarta** · · Reply

    I was once detained because the TSA thought I had a bomb in my pants. You can imagine their astonishment when they realized it was just the size of my “package”.

    Footnote: I had to decline several phone numbers.

    1. You stud! Lol.

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