Yassmin Abdel-Magied refused entry to the US by immigration officials

Yassmin Abdel-Magied refused entry to the US by immigration officials, by The Australian.

[Australian] Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been refused entry to the United States this morning by US Customs and Border Protection officials and put back on a plane. …

Ms Abdel-Magied, who now lives in London after leaving Australia, was due to speak at two events at the Pen America World Voices Festival on April 18 and 21. One of the talks was to feature Ms Abdel-Magied and US author Amani Al-Khatahtbeh reflecting on the difficulties of being young Muslim women in the West.

In a series of tweets, Ms Abdel-Magied claimed US border officials “took my phone for the whole time’’ and confiscated her Australian passport before she was told “we’re sending you back’’. …

While it is not known why she was refused entry, it was widely reported earlier this year that Ms Abdel-Magied sought advice from anti-gay and anti-women group Hizb ut-Tahrir. …

There was more controversy when she described Islam as the most feminist religion on ABC’s Q&A and a backlash in January when she was seen to mock Australians concerned by gangs of boys and young men of African descent committing crimes in Melbourne.

UPDATE: Refused entry to US by customs because of wrong visa, by The Australian.

a spokesperson for US Customs and Border Protection said Ms Abdel-Magied was turned away as she did not have the appropriate visa.

“During the inspection, CBP officers determined this individual did not possess the appropriate visa to receive monetary compensation for the speaking engagements she had planned during her visit to the United States,” said the spokesperson. “As such, she was deemed inadmissable to enter the United States for her visit, but was allowed to withdraw her application for admission. The traveller is eligible to reapply for a visa for future visits.”


hat-tip Stephen Neil