Yassmin Abdel-Magied Tweets About 'Deportation' From The US

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

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

The 27-year-old former engineer had been due to speak at two Pen America events on April 18 and 21 in NY with lectures titled, 'The M word: No Country for Young Muslim Women'.

One of the talks, titled "The M Word: No Country For Young Muslim Women" was due to be about the "particularly heavy burden" of being a young, Muslim female in western countries.

Abdel-Magied, who was born in Sudan and is a mechanical engineer, in addition to being an activist and writer, founded the Youth Without Borders organization.

Ms Abdel-Magied said that during the ordeal she had her phone and her passport taken from her by U.S. authorities.

'Roughly three hours since touchdown in Minneapolis, I'm on a plane back, ' she said. However, it prohibits paid performances, or "some other expert operation just before a paying audience". She called on Customs and Border Patrol to allow her entry into the country in order to attend the event.

"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".

She has spoken at the United States previously, " she said, at events for Chevron, and also the Inter-American Advancement Bank.

PEN World Voices Festival organizers defended Abdel-Magied's visa in a statement forwarded to HuffPost, arguing that the activist was "traveling on a type of visa that she had used in the past for similar trips without issue".

After being detained at the airport for three hours, Customs and Border Patrol agents put her on a flight to Amsterdam.


Ms Abdel-Mageid has called herself the "most publicly hated Muslim in Australia" and said it was "exhausting" to be the subject of controversy in Australia. "See y'all on the other side, inshallah".

The ABC has approached Ms Abdel-Magied for comment. Abdel-Magied asked on Twitter. Jacqui Lambie turned into a yelling match on the Australian Broadcasting Corp.'s political show "Q&A".

Abdel-Magied and her family arrived in Australia when she was two and since then she has devoted her extraordinary energy and talent to make Australia a better place for Muslims.

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

"Those who say the world is borderless are those who have the right colour passports - or birthplace", Abdel-Magied tweeted. She was named the 2007 Young Australian Muslim of the Year.

Author and activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied speaks onstage during Global Citizen: Movement Makers at NYU Skirball Center on September 19, 2017 in New York City.

We are dismayed that an invited guest to our annual PEN World Voices Festival in NY, which starts on Monday, Yassmin Abdel-Magied, herself the founder of an organization called Youth Without Borders, was turned away by US Immigration officials in Minneapolis, reportedly had her phone and passport seized, and was put back on a plane to Amsterdam.

Ms. Abdel-Magied claimed she was traveling using a B1/B2 visa.

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