Italian Band Soviet Soviet Denied Entry To The U.S., Jailed And Then Deported »

NPR:

In its statement, Soviet Soviet says that the agents’ refusal to permit the band’s entry seems to have stemmed from the fact that the agents believed that the group needed work visas to enter the U.S., because two of the venues at which Soviet Soviet was slated to perform were going to charge audiences entry fees — even though the band says that its musicians were not going to earn any money while in the U.S.

This is absolutely appalling.

Update: More bands have been denied entry in a fashion similar to what Soviet Soviet encountered.

Additionally, it appears as though Soviet Soviet were denied entry on largely economic grounds.