Palestinian Harvard Student Ismail Ajjawi States He Was Deported Over Buddies’ Social Media
A Palestinian Harvard freshman’s student visa was withdrawed and he was deported after hours of questioning by immigration authorities upon his arrival to the United States, the university stated Tuesday.Ismail B. Ajjawi
said in a written declaration to the Harvard Crimson, which initially reported the news, that he was deported because he followed pals on social networks who posted what immigration authorities viewed as anti-American content.The 17-year-old homeowner of Tyre, Lebanon, and a member of the class of 2023 stated that he was detained for hours by migration officers upon his arrival at Boston Logan International Airport on Friday. The officers, he said, searched the contents of his phone and laptop computer, and questioned him about his friends’ social networks activity.
“I responded that I have no company with such posts which I didn’t like, [s] hare or discuss them and told her that I shouldn’t be held responsible for what others post,” Ajjawi stated in the declaration. “I have no single post on my timeline talking about politics.”
A Customs and Border Protection representative confirmed Ajjawi was “considered inadmissible” after the questioning, but did not elaborate.
“This individual was considered inadmissible to the United States based upon details discovered during the CBP inspection,” a firm spokesperson said.Ajjawi had actually been granted a scholarship to study in the United States by the not-for-profit organization AMIDEAST and, like other Harvard trainees, prepared to move into school Tuesday.”The University is working closely with the student’s family and appropriate authorities to fix this matter so that he can join his classmates in the coming days,”Harvard spokesperson Jason Newton informed BuzzFeed News.Ajjawi got the AMIDEAST’s Hope Fund scholarship, which helps” appealing, academically qualified however economically challenged students from Gaza, the West Bank, and Jerusalem “attend universities in the US.Earlier this summer, Harvard President Lawrence Bacow composed to the secretary of state and acting Homeland Security secretary about issues relating to trainee visas in the Trump administration.”I understand that the responsibility for the uncertainties in today’s immigration policy rest more broadly than just with your two companies.
That stated, the visa and migration procedure is increasingly unforeseeable and unpredictable,”Bacow wrote. “This positions threats not simply to the individuals caught up in it, but also to the totality of our academic enterprise.”
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