jay haris, an immigrant entrepreneur and founder of a spell entrepreneur, was arrested at Los Angeles International Airport this morning for allegedly trying to fly into Canada with a passport he obtained as an immigrant.
He was charged with violating a federal immigration law by trying to enter the United States with an expired passport, which he obtained by obtaining an employment authorization card issued by the Canadian government.
Harris, who has a green card, had been scheduled to appear in court later today.
A representative for the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) could not immediately be reached for comment.
The agency has also not released any details of the charges.
“As a citizen, you cannot do something like that,” Harris’ attorney, Jeffrey Rosenfeld, told ABC News.
“It’s not only illegal, it’s a violation of our First Amendment rights.”
Harris had a long history of working to bring foreign entrepreneurs to the United Kingdom.
He founded the UK’s first spell and spell-learning company, the first spell-healer, and the first American company, Spellbook.
In 2013, he moved to the U.K. from the United Arab Emirates, where he had lived for many years.
He started his own company, JAY HARRIES LLC, in 2015.
He began hiring in 2013 and has hired over 1,000 people in the U:S., according to his LinkedIn page.
Harris and his wife are expecting their first child in August 2018.ABC News’ Michael Fagan contributed to this report.ABC/ABC News – ABC News/Reuters