Return Money Stolen by U.S. Customs to Nurse

Target: Mark Morgan, Chief of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol

Goal: Give back money U.S. Customs stole from Nigerian nurse.

Anthonia Nwaorie saved up thousands of dollars to open a medical clinic in Nigeria, only to have it taken away by U.S. Customs at the airport. The 59-year-old registered nurse spent years saving up more than $41,000 in the hopes of helping those in need back in her home country Nigeria. While at Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, she encountered Customs asking her “how many people [she was] carrying money for?” and “How long have you been in the United States?” Nwaorie has been a citizen since 1994 and feels as though she was treated like a criminal when all she wanted to do was help.

It has been months since the incident, and U.S. Customs and Border Protection still has not given back Anthonia’s money. She worked hard for this money and wanted to share it with those struggling in Nigeria. She deserves her money back. The U.S. Attorney’s Office in the Southern District of Texas did not file a case or charge her with a crime. The agency told Nwaorie that if she signed a paper stating she would not sue the federal government, she would then receive her money. Anthonia deserves her money and the right to sue. She was taken and detained, and this is unconstitutional. Demand that U.S. Customs give back Anthonia’s money regardless of whether she signs an agreement not to sue.

PETITION LETTER:

Dear Mr. Morgan,

Anthonia Nwaorie saved up more than $41,000 in an attempt to open a medical clinic to help those in need in Nigeria. She attempted to bring the money to Nigeria through Houston’s Bush Intercontinental Airport, where she was stopped by U.S. Customs and Border Patrol. She was unaware of the fact that she had to declare money when it is over $10,000. Although this is not an excuse, it has been months since the incident, and she has not received the money back.

It is not fair that the only way Nwaorie will receive her money is if she signs a hold-harmless agreement. Nwaorie does not want to give up her right to sue the government, and that should be her choice as a U.S. citizen. We demand that Anthonia’s money be sent back to her regardless of whether she signs the hold-harmless agreement or not.

Sincerely,

[Your Name Here]

Photo Credit: Benson Kua

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5 Comments

  1. JN Dauterive says:

    Unfair and Unjust. Return the money.

  2. Chief Morgan, Shame On You! Return the Money Now!

  3. The money must be returned and sue the the government. It is absolutely horrible how they are treating her like a criminal when she’s not

  4. People have to have some faith. If this person is taking money to a country that needs help, let it be. We need more good in this world.

  5. Richard Hofman Richard Hofman says:

    It was the English who had violently brought all the African slaves in there! But now, they don’t miss any chance to put these people down into their knees again!!!
    Shame on them all!!!

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