Ismail Ajawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian student living in Lebanon, had big plans to study medicine this fall at Harvard University, but claims he was blocked from entering America because of his friends' social media posts.
Acawi denied entry to the United States after landing at Logan International Airport in Boston on Friday, university and federal officials told the Associated Press this week. The freshman said the rejection was related to politically-oriented social media posts by his friends.
USA. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman Michael McCarthy said the decision to revoke Ajjawi's visa was based on information found during the check but did not specify what that information was. McCarthy added that Ajawi has not been deported, which means he can still seek re-entry.
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AMIDEAST, a non-profit organization that awards scholarships to Ajjawi, provided legal assistance.
Ajjawi told Harvard Crimson student newspaper that federal agents detained him at the airport for eight hours, searched his cellphone and laptop and questioned his friends' social media posts.
The publications include "political views that oppose the United States," Aijawi said in a written statement.
"I replied that I have no business with such posts and that I do not like (and) rabbit or comment on them and I told her [the agent] that I should not be responsible for what others publish," he added.
] Ajavi told The Crimson that he still hoped to join his classmates in time for early classes on Tuesday, with his family living in a Palestinian refugee camp in the port city of Tire in southern Lebanon
in an interview with Al TV -Arabi, broadcast on Friday when his son was flying to the US, Basel Ajavi has this message for his son: oh, I am proud of you and hope you will be an exemplary representative of the Palestinian people abroad. ”Basel Ajavi declined to comment beyond his son's statement to Crimson.
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The State Department issued only 362,929 student visas in fiscal 2018, which is more than 43 percent of the 644 233 student visas issued in fiscal 2015, according to the department.