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Batum’s Mother Detained by US Immigration in DC, Returned to France

submitted 6 years ago by in Rip City

The Portland Trail Blazers got a huge win tonight beating the Sacramento Kings 101-89. All was good, right? Not really.

Nicolas Batum totaled 18 minutes, went 0-for-1 from the floor, and played with a very heavy heart tonight.

Batum’s mother and sister were scheduled to arrive in Portland from France around 8:30 pm tonight for a visit like they seldom do, but the Washington D.C. immigration officials only allowed his sister to enter and detained his mother stating she lied about having a visa.

Batum says his mother has visited him before and he doesn’t quite know what all happened at this point. He says his mother has never lied about anything and it was all just a miscommunication somewhere because this has never happened before.

I was so worried. My mom doesn’t speak English well and they were cursing at her and threatening to put her in jail,” Batum told “I was checking my phone at halftime and there was nothing. I found out that they sent her and my sister back to France after the game.”

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skywaker9 (David) is a Portland native and passionate Blazers fan. He currently works as a University fiscal analyst for the Higher Education Coordinating Commission. He also has a PhD in Public Affairs and Policy at Portland State University. David is a former political activist who chose to focus on sports because they made him happy. He primarily writes previews for PWE and one of his primary goals is to inform Blazer fans everywhere about those players on other teams they may not have heard of but should (such as Nikola Vucevic).