When Kjell Magne Bondevik, the former prime minister of Norway, was temporarily detained upon arriving at Dulles International Airport on Jan. 31, international controversy ensued.

The controversy was purely political, and while I do not support the executive order stopping people from seven countries from entering the U.S., Bondevik’s detention had nothing to do with that issue. Instead, he was detained for additional questioning under a 2015 law that requires people who visited any of the seven countries in question to obtain a visa prior to entering the U.S., even if they are from a country that does not normally require a visa for entrance to the U.S. The law was put in place in the aftermath of the Paris attacks. Whether or not the law is just is not relevant to this discussion.

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