Australian Muslim Activist Deported From US For Not Having The Right Visa

Yassmin Abdel Magied has had her visa cancelled and her Australian passport and mobile phone seized by border security in the United States

"Apparently I can't be trusted with it until I'm in a foreign country because, as Officer Blees said, 'planes get turned away back way too often and then...", she tweeted.

Abdel-Magied is due to appear at two events next week regarding her own experiences of discrimination as a Muslim and Sudanese-Egyptian-Australian - "The M Word: No Country For Young Muslim Women" and "Take Back The Heat: Fighting Online Heat".

"Yassmin Abdel-Magied, an advocate for youth, women and those from culturally and linguistically diverse backgrounds, said she was stopped at immigration and ordered out of the country". The activist was refused entry in the US upon arrival on Wednesday.

New York Times journalist Isabella Kwai has tweeted that she saw Abdel-Magied before she was deported back to London, confirming that Abdel-Magied was deported as her B1/B2 Visitor visa was considered "the wrong visa for speaking events, although she's entered on it before to speak at events". We're taking off now.

"I'm now at the border and they've said I'm being deported".

However, Customs officials in Minneapolis sent her back to the United Kingdom on Wednesday evening, local time, for lacking a working visa.

Her apparent deportation from the US comes after the US Supreme Court last December gave the green light to President Donald Trump's controversial travel ban that targets people from six Muslim-majority countries.

'Interesting facts: within a few minutes of looking at my case the border security person - Officer Herberg looking at my case she announces: "We're sending you back!". "The traveler is eligible to reapply for a visa for future visits".

Now based in London, she attracted criticism on Anzac Day past year when she wrote a Facebook post referring to refugees held in detention in Australian offshore camps.

Business Insider has contacted Abdel-Magied for further comment.

The founder of the Youth Without Borders charity past year told a Q&A audience Islam was the "most feminist religion" and courted more controversy with an Anzac Day tweet that equated the public holiday honouring war veterans with the plight of asylum seekers on Manus Island and Nauru.

She also suffered a public backlash after her Anzac Day post on social media which said: "Lest We Forget (Manus, Nauru, Syria, Palestine ...)".

Ms Abdel-Magied, who now lives in London, told her 50,100 Twitter followers U.S. Customs officials had cancelled and her mobile phone and Australian passport seized only three hours after she had arrived in Minneapolis.

"At the end of the day it is unusual for an Australian citizen to not be granted a visa to go into the United States, but I simply don't know the details behind this particular case", he said.

The activist arrived at an airport in Minneapolis, Minnesota and was due to speak at the PEN America World Voices Festival in NY next week.

She has been an prominent advocate for Muslim women, but attracted controversy in Australia over an Anzac Day tweet juxtaposing attitudes towards the Anzac legend with Australian and worldwide policies towards refugees.

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