Immigration officers refused to let a Harvard student into the US after reportedly questioning him about his religion and his friends’ anti-American social media posts
A Palestinian Harvard freshman was denied entry to the United States after customs officers reportedly dug through his devices and asked him about his religion and his friends’ social media posts.
Ismail Ajjawi told The Harvard Crimson that officers spent hours looking through his phone and laptop, and “found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list.”
A Customs and Border Protection spokesperson confirmed to Insider that Ajjawi was “deemed inadmissible” after a customs inspection, though would not say why.
A Harvard University spokesman told Insider the school is working with Ajjawi to resolve the situation in time for the school year, which starts on September 3.
Harvard officials have previously complained to Trump administration officials about students experiencing increased visa delays and denials.
Visit Insider’s homepage for more stories.
An incoming Harvard University freshman was refused entry to the United States and had his visa canceled after customs officers spent hours digging through his electronics and questioning him about his religion and his friends, he told The Harvard Crimson.
Ismail Ajjawi, a Palestinian student who lived in Lebanon, told the student newspaper that the customs officers at Boston’s Logan International Airport demanded he unlock his phone and laptop, then spent five hours searching the devices.
“After the 5 hours ended, she called me into a room, and she started screaming at me. She said that she found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list,” Ajjawi told the Crimson in a statement.
Ajjawi said he told the officer he had not made any political posts himself, and that he shouldn’t be held accountable for his friends’ posts and political views.
Ajjawi added that the officer canceled his visa and let him call his parents.
Read more: Federal agents can search your phone at the …read more
Source:: Business Insider