A day in the life of a travel agent in the US
Travel agents around the country are being hit with increased scrutiny after the US Department of Homeland Security revoked their licenses for non-compliance with the Obama administration’s travel ban.
Amac, which operates over 50 travel agencies, said the move was made after it was contacted by the US Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Homeland Security about its non-compliant travel agents.
Amac said it was notified by the CBP that it would have to stop operating and has no plans to stop.
“We understand that CBP is looking into whether or not Amac is in compliance with the Trump administration’s new travel restrictions,” the company said in a statement.
“We are working with our attorneys and are in contact with the Department of Justice and CBP.”
“We appreciate the prompt action by DHS regarding Amac’s non-payment of taxes and other fees,” the statement said.
“Our position has not changed.
We will continue to work with our team to secure our business in the United States.”
Amacs chief executive officer, Jim Miller, said Amacs board was working with CBP to ensure that the company was not in violation of the new restrictions.
“This decision will not impact Amacs operations, and we will continue with business as usual,” Mr Miller said.
Amacs travel agents said they had been contacted by CBP and Homeland Justice, who are investigating the agency for non compliance.
“They are going to go through all of our records and go through every dime of our assets,” Amacs chief operating officer, Tom Bevan, said.
“It’s just been a little bit of a surprise.
It’s kind of a strange thing.
The US Department’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) said the revocation of Amacs licenses was made because Amacs failed to file tax returns with the agency. “
I’m surprised that CBPR and DHS have taken that action.”
The US Department’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) said the revocation of Amacs licenses was made because Amacs failed to file tax returns with the agency.
“In its most recent audit of the company’s fiscal year ending September 30, 2019, DHS determined that Amacs had not filed tax returns for the previous fiscal year,” it said.
“Amacs does not have any pending audits or tax returns in compliance or non-informational, as required by DHS.
CBP has not identified any non-filing related issues with Amacs,” the department said.
Amacs said it would apply for an extension to the CBPA’s “administrative stay” before a decision was made.
The US Department had previously been asked to delay the revocation until April 27.
“The CBP audit did not determine that Amac had been in violation and therefore the decision was not made to revoke the license,” the CBPP said in its statement.
Mr Bevan said the decision had nothing to do with Amacs non-complying with the ban.
He said: “We will continue doing what we do.
We are not going anywhere.”