A New York-based owner of an aromatherapy brand has gone on a lengthy rant against President Biden, slinging profanities and chiding him as a ‘hall monitor’ after her Irish stepchildren were denied entry into the US to see their dad.
Jackie Smith Foden, 36, is married to English rugby player Ben Foden, 35, who currently plays for Rugby United New York, and the two share a 14-month old daughter.
However Ben also has two kids with his ex-wife, Irish singer Una Healy, 39, and had planned for them to spend the summer with him in New York.
But when Jackie flew to Dublin to pick up nine-year-old Aoife and six-year-old Tadhg, immigration officers refused to let the children board the US-bound plane, citing Biden’s travel ban on children of non-US citizens.
Describing herself as ‘a complete mess’ over the ‘nightmare,’ Jackie took to Instagram to rant against the ‘ridiculous’ regulations, bashing the President and slamming anti-vaxxers who tout conspiracy theories and refuse to get the shot.
Angry: New York-based business owner Jackie Smith Foden has posted a lengthy rant against President Biden after her Irish stepchildren were denied entry into the US to see their dad
She’s married to English rugby player Ben Foden, 35, and they share a 14-month-old daughter Farrah. Ben also has two kids — Aoife, nine, and Tadhg, six — with Irish singer Una Healy
Banned: They’d planned for her stepkids to spend the summer in New York, but immigration officers wouldn’t allow them to travel to the US
Pandemic problems: When Jackie flew to Dublin to pick up nine-year-old Aoife and six-year-old Tadhg, immigration officers cited a Biden travel ban on children of non-US citizens
Jackie owns The Goddess Line, an environmentally-friendly and cruelty-free aromatherapy company that was created in 2001.
She and Ben, who previously played for the Northampton Saints in England, married in August 2019 just two weeks after they met, and nine months later, they welcomed their daughter Farrah.
Ben had previously been married to Una, who rose to fame in the girl group The Saturdays — but they split in 2018 after Ben allegedly cheated. Together, the former couple had two kids, who are currently still in Ireland with their mom.
But that wasn’t how the family had planned to spent their summer, as Jackie explained in a series on Instagram stories.
‘For anyone who asks why my two stepbabies are not with us this summer… here’s the nightmare we’re currently living,’ she began.
‘I currently just spent the past month organizing their trips over to the US — getting tickets booked. Hours on the phone with Aer Lingus making sure their stepmother can bring them over (immediate family can travel to US, by definition, children by marriage are immediate), booking their ESTAs, etc.’
However, despite the work that she did to prepare for any potential issues regarding the children traveling with a stepparent, Jackie ran into another problem when it came to picking up the kids, who were prevented from boarding their flight in Dublin.
Immigration officials cited the rules of President Biden’s travel ban, which prohibits the children of non-US citizens from entering the country.
However, Biden’s presidential proclamation on the travel ban, which was issued on January 25, does permit noncitizens to enter the country if they are ‘the sibling of a US citizen or lawful permanent resident’, which should apply to Aoife and Tadhg who are the half-sister and -brother of Ben’s youngest child Farrah.
The 14-month-old was born in New York to an American mother and is therefore a US citizen, despite the fact that her father does not yet have citizenship.
Rant! Jackie posted a lengthy rant on Instagram about their ‘nightmare,’ saying she is a ‘complete mess’ over the ordeal
PO’ed! She said she is ‘so over’ Biden, calling him a ‘c*** face’ and a ‘d***head’ who wants to ‘look like the strong responsible hall monitor’ with ‘detrimental bans’
Stateside: Ben plays for Rugby United New York in the US
The proclamation states, in part: ‘[The travel suspension] shall not apply to any noncitizen who is the sibling of a U.S. citizen or lawful permanent resident, provided that both are unmarried and under the age of 21.’
Per US immigrations policies, the definition of sibling includes people who share one common parent, and therefore covers half-sisters and -brothers.
It is unclear whether Ben, Jackie, and Una were aware of this rule.
Although Ben is currently living in the US, he is not a citizen, and is currently still in the process of applying for a green card. While that is still waiting approval, he is unable to leave the country, which is why Jackie flew to Ireland to collect his kids.
‘Ben can’t travel because he is getting his green card processed and can’t leave the country,’ Jackie explained.
‘I take the red eye to Dublin last night. When I checked in at JFK the attendants checked on the kids’ return flights. Everyone was made aware of my plans to turn right back around with my stepkids.
‘I pick them up in Dublin today, only to have their tickets blocked by immigration.
‘An hour at check-in trying to get them through and then another 1-2 hours+ stuck in immigration offices, only to be told that c*** face President Biden, probably in his attempt to appear more strict on COVID policies than Trump, that there is a ban on EU citizens and there’s nothing possible we can do other than fly to Turkey or Mexico, quarantine for 14 days, and then bring them over from there.’
Mixed family: Ben had previously been married to Una, who rose to fame in the girl group The Saturdays
Stranded: Together, the former couple had two kids, who are currently still in Ireland with their mom
Divorce: The singer split from the rugby player in 2018 after Ben allegedly cheated on her (pictured in 2018)
Jackie admitted she and the children were devastated and praised their parents for being able to calm them down.
Entering the US from the UK and Ireland: What are the current rules?
With specific exceptions, several presidential proclamations suspend and limit entry into the United States, as immigrants or nonimmigrants, of noncitizens who were physically present within the following countries during the 14-day period preceding their entry or attempted entry into the United States.
- European Schengen
- United Kingdom
- Republic of Ireland
- South Africa
Citizens and lawful permanent residents of the United States, certain family members, and other individuals who meet specified exceptions who have been in one of the countries listed above in the past 14 days will be allowed to enter the United States
‘Having to break these poor babies hearts who had their hopes up for a fun summer with their dad and sister, we’re all not okay right now,’ she said.
‘Una was a rock star with them. They were on the phone with their dad. Both Una and he calmed them down. I am very much not okay and I am a complete mess.’
The family is now looking into options for alternative plans over the summer.
She wrote: ‘We will [be] filing for emergency travel for Ben and probably be spending the rest of the summer in England/Ireland when Ben’s rugby season is done.’
‘The fact that there’s a ban on EU citizens into the US is f***ing political. Honestly so over Biden already. (And Audits on small businesses and crypto investors, honestly please are there no capable like non [centenarian] white males that we can’t find to run our damn country? It’s getting f***ing lame).’
She also went on to wag a finger at unvaccinated Americans, arguing that if they get sick or die from COVID-19 now that a vaccine is widely available, it’s their own fault.
‘If my stepkids came over and brought COVID with them, and you are obese or have asthma or at risk of dying, the fact that you haven’t gotten vaxxed yet is on you. [Because] realistically, if you’re health, at most, you’ll get the f***ing flu.
‘Everyone needs to get over not trusting science and get this f***ing vax so we can all move on with our lives. NYC is 70% vaccinated, and NORMAL again. And only a little magnetic.
‘None of us are dropping dead from the new WiFi 5G vaccine tracking device implants in our arm, so get the f*** over your conspiracy theories and do the right thing so our d***head president doesn’t need to look like the strong responsible hall monitor he’s trying to portray anymore, and can lift these detrimental bans,’ she raged.
‘Families are still being torn apart, for too long now, for a flu, that’s not even a threat to weaker ppl BECAUSE THEY CAN ACCESS A VACCINE,’ she continued.
Quickie: Jackie and Ben married in August 2019 just two weeks after they met, and nine months later, they welcomed their daughter Farrah
Jackie said: ‘We will [be] filing for emergency travel for Ben and probably be spending the rest of the summer in England/Ireland when Ben’s rugby season is done’
Changes: Jackie also noted that the children have, in fact, been to the US since the start of the pandemic, and were able to enter the country during the previous administration
‘Get your vax and Biden get this s*** together or f*** off [sic],’ Jackie wrote
Jackie also noted that the children have, in fact, been to the US since the start of the pandemic, and were able to enter the country during the previous administration.
The ‘Presidential Proclamations on Novel Coronavirus’ were set out by the White House in January 2021, and are yet to be updated amid the vaccine rollout.
‘They travelled with us back and forth last summer to America no problem at all, on our marriage certificate. This all happened literally because of a new presidential proclamation in Biden’s attempt to appear more strict on COVID than Trump was. That’s it,’ she said.
‘This f***ing proclamation. This ban on EU citizens is ridiculous. No one is America is dying anymore of COVID, and the rare ones that are, didn’t get vaxxed when they could have… but for the most part, in America, it’s done, it’s over, we’re all moving on, this is insane.
‘Get your vax and Biden get this s*** together or f*** off [sic],’ she concluded.
The separation may be especially hard on the family given that, before the pandemic, Ben had told MailOnline that they were considering a move to England.
‘We’re planning to move back to England…and buy a house in Cheshire!’ he said.