A children’s book author is considering not going back to America after she was allegedly mistreated by border control.
Mem Fox, who wrote best-seller Ten Little Fingers and Ten Little Toes, claimed agents at Los Angeles airport questioned her for two hours and also insulted her.
The incident happened at the start of the month after the Australian had just arrived in the country for an event in Milwaukee.
‘I have never in my life been spoken to with such insolence, treated with such disdain, with so many insults and with so much gratuitous impoliteness,’ she told the Australian Broadcasting Corporation.
Fox said the agents grilled her over her visa.
She added: ‘I felt like I had been physically assaulted which is why, when I got to my hotel room, I completely collapsed and sobbed like a baby, and I’m 70 years old.’
Fox said Donald Trump’s travel ban proposals had emboldened border police and added she couldn’t imagine ever going back to the United States.
She was ultimately let into the country but has since made a complaint to both the US and Australian embassies.
American officials have apologised to her.