US deports foreign student 'over friends' social media posts'

US deports overseas pupil ‘over mates’ social media posts’

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Harvard College says it’s making an attempt to resolve the matter earlier than lessons start on three September

A Palestinian teenager admitted to Harvard says he has been denied entry to the US after officers objected to his mates’ social media posts.

Ismail Ajjawi, who lives in Lebanon, says he was questioned for hours after arriving at Boston’s airport on Friday.

Mr Ajjawi, 17, says his visa was cancelled after immigration officers searched his telephone and laptop computer.

Regardless of his protests that he had nothing to do with the posts, he was discovered “inadmissible” to the US.

Customs and Border Safety (CBP) spokesperson Michael McCarthy says the choice was made “based mostly on data found in the course of the CBP inspection”.

Mr McCarthy declined to touch upon the specifics of the case, citing confidentiality clauses.

Mr Ajjawi, who was awarded a scholarship to check within the US, has since returned to Lebanon.

Harvard says “the college is working intently with the scholar’s household and applicable authorities to resolve this matter” earlier than lessons being on three September.

Mr Ajjawi can also be being supplied with authorized help by a US non-profit organisation.

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Media captionPresident Trump proposed a brand new US immigration system in Might

In June, the US Division of State mentioned almost all candidates for US visas must submit their social media particulars beneath newly adopted guidelines.

It mentioned travellers must submit social media names and 5 years’ value of e-mail addresses and telephone numbers.

The administration of President Donald Trump first proposed the foundations in March 2018. Officers on the time estimated that the brand new rules would have an effect on 14.7 million folks yearly.

Sure diplomatic and official visa candidates are exempt from the stringent new measures.

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