While he was on his way to meet with his fellow Swollen Members cohorts, rapper Madchild was stopped by United States Customs personnel at Vancouver International Airport. And he learned after more than eight hours of waiting and questioning that he is currently unable to enter the States. As a result, he is now unable to record or tour with his group until this issue is resolved. Swollen Members have an album scheduled to drop in March called Dagger Mouth.
Madchild, also stylized as Mad Child, released a statement on this matter that outlines in detail some of the questions asked by the airport personnel along with his frustration regarding the ordeal.
I was on my way to meet my brothers in Swollen Members to perform some shows in the United States. I went to go through customs at the Vancouver Airport, and I was pulled into the Customs waiting room. I must have sat there for three hours before I was even called up to the desk, which was odd considering there was hardly anybody else in there waiting. When I was finally called up, the agent started questioning me about being a member of the Hells Angels motorcycle club. I replied, ‘No’ and he continued to repeat the question over and over again. After five more hours of waiting, watching him go back and forth, looking on the internet and asking me the same questions over and over again, I was finally called to the front desk. He asked me another series of questions and after a total of eight and a half hours of questioning I was told that I was officially banned from entering the United States.
The thing that is frustrating to me is that I am being judged for the people I was associated with and for some trouble I had back when I was a minor over sixteen years ago. In the last year I’ve managed to defeat my drug addiction and really worked on changing my life to become a better person. I’ve even started speaking at high schools here in Canada to talk to kids about the perils of drug addiction and hopefully use my journey to inspire the youth to avoid the pitfalls that I fell into. It’s extremely disheartening to me to know that after turning my life around, it feels like a second chance is evading me. Unfortunately when entering the United States, I’m not judged on the person I am today, but rather on my appearance and whoever the customs officials perceive me to be, which is discrimination.