Spreading Christmas Cheer
Erla Osk Arnardottir Lillendahl planned to spend a few days in New York City shopping and sightseeing with friends. But she was arrested as soon as she arrived at JFK Airport. It seems Lillendahl overstayed a visa to the United States more than 10 years ago. She says she was held at JFK for two days and interrogated. She says she was not allowed to call her relatives during that time, and she says she was denied food and drink for part of her detention. Her feet and hands were chained and she was then removed to a jail in New Jersey where she was interrogated some more before she was finally deported. Iceland's foreign minister has demanded that the U.S. government explain its treatment of Lillendahl.