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    Muslim author/activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied detained at U.S. airport, deported

    Muslim author/activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied detained at MSP airport, deported

    Monday, April 16, 2018 by David Clarey in News

    Scheduled to appear at a literary conference in New York City, Yassmin Abdel-Magied never made it out of the Minneapolis-St. Paul Airport.
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    Yassmin Abdel-Magied, a world-famous Muslim author and activist, had just landed at the Minneapolis-St. Paul International Airport when she was abruptly taken aside by United States Customs and Border Protection.


    Abdel-Magied says the agents took her phone and passport, and warned her she was likely to be deported instead of rerouted to New York. The author, who holds dual citizenships in Sudan and Australia, was detained for three hours before authorities put her on a flight back to London.

    Abdel-Magied narrated her ordeal to friends and fans in a series of tweets.


    Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    @yassmin_a


    ** if they will let me in. I’m currently at the border and they’ve said I’m being deported. This should be fun. What are my rights ? https://twitter.com/yassmin_a/status/983365381048979456 …

    3:18 PM - Apr 11, 2018




    Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    @yassmin_a



    They’ve taken my phone, cancelled my visa and are deporting me. Will follow up on messages once I understand what’s going on. https://twitter.com/yassmin_a/status/984193977430749184 …

    4:34 PM - Apr 11, 2018




    Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    @yassmin_a

    Replying to @yassmin_a

    Also lol. Funniest thing is that throughout this whole ordeal all I am thinking about is what a good story this will make. We all have ways of dealing with situations.
    4:35 PM - Apr 11, 2018




    Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    @yassmin_a

    Replying to @yassmin_a

    Interesting facts: within a few min of looking at my case the border security person - Officer Herberg looking at my case she announces: ‘we’re sending you back!’
    5:08 PM - Apr 11, 2018




    Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    @yassmin_a


    Replying to @yassmin_a


    Roughly three hours since touch down in Minneapolis, I’m on a plane back. Subhanallah. Well, guess that tightening of immigration laws business is working, despite my Australian passport. We’re taking off now. What a time...
    5:09 PM - Apr 11, 2018




    Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    @yassmin_a

    Replying to @yassmin_a

    Oh, and they still have my passport. 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...’
    5:12 PM - Apr 11, 2018



    Yassmin Abdel-Magied

    @yassmin_a

    Replying to @yassmin_a

    Oh yuh and did I mention they took my phone for the whole time? Fortunately I’m a paranoid person - notifications don’t show previews of messages, and a 12 digit passcode. Always be vigilant, yo.
    5:16 PM - Apr 11, 2018





    In a statement, a spokesperson for Customs and Border Patrol said Abdel-Magied had the wrong type of visa for a paid speaking appearance. “During the inspection, CBP officers determined this individual did not possess the appropriate visa…” the statement reads. "As such, she was deemed inadmissible to enter the United States for her visit…”

    In messages over Twitter to the New York Times, Abdel-Magied said she was traveling with a B1/B2 visa and had used the visa for travels to the United States before.


    The B1/B2 visa allows for foreigners to travel to the country for “scientific, educational, professional or business convention or conference," but does not allow paid performances.


    In an official statement over Twitter, Abdel-Magied said she was “seeking advice and working to resolve this issue as soon as possible. I appreciate the interest and concern and look forward to future travels to the United States.”


    The author had been scheduled to appear at the PEN World Voices Festival, a literary and human rights event in New York City, where she was invited to speak on her experience as a Muslim woman in a Western country and on online harassment. Other speakers booked for the festival include Roxanne Gay, Dave Eggers, Sean Penn, Chimamanda Ngozie-Adichie, and Hillary Clinton.


    A statement from a festival official expressed concern with Abdel-Magied's situation, and called on Customs and Border Patrol to allow Abdel-Magied into the United States. “We are dismayed that an invited guest … was turned away by U.S. Immigration officials in Minneapolis,” the statement read in part.


    In a follow-up statement, the festival official advised other international participants to obtain legal advice on their travel status. “The barriers for international writers and artists visiting the U.S. are growing, impairing the ability of PEN America and other organizations to cross border dialogues that are so essential at this time.” The statement noted that the event was founded after 9/11 as a way of “sustaining connectedness between the U.S. and the wider world.”

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    NO MORE DUAL CITIZENSHIP!

    YOU HAVE THE "RIGHT" TO REMAIN SILENT

    AND WE HAVE THE "RIGHT" TO DEPORT YOU
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    Abdel-Magied will have to go wine about her online harassment in some other nation.
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