Newswire: An Italian band was arrested and deported for “illegal immigration” on its way to SXSW

FACT Magazine reports that Italian alt-rock band Soviet Soviet was arrested and deported by U.S. immigration officials this week, shortly after they landed in Seattle on their way to a performance at this year’s SXSW. The band wrote a long statement describing their ordeal on Facebook, but the members were apparently detained because their entry to the country was perceived as “illegal immigration.”

To be clear, the band’s arrest doesn’t seem to have anything to do with the soon-to-be-removed deportation clause in the standard SXSW contract, the one that’s had a number of musicians protesting the festival for what some had seen as strong-arm tactics. Instead, officials appear to have thought that the band was performing for cash—not just the short promotional tour that their documentation stated—and arrested them for attempting to work in America without a visa. (In the agents’ defense, it …

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