Testing social media profiles
of visa applicants to the U.S. has resulted in a student from Harvard being denied entry into the U.S. on Friday. Ismail Ajjawi, who lives in Lebanon, was interviewed at Boston’s Logan airport for hours and eventually had his Visa canceled after immigration authorities searched his phone and laptop, according to The Harvard Crimson.
The 17-year-old student was questioned by an officer about the social media activity of his friends and told him that she had discovered some “posting of political points of view that oppose the US,” Despite the protests of Ajjawi, the policeman rejected the entrance of the student and allowed him to call his parents.
Customs and Border Protection (CBP) spokesman Michael McCarthy said in an email declaration that due to confidentiality conditions he could not provide particular information about the situation of Ajjawi. “This individual was deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection,” he wrote.
During the weekend, Ajjawi, who had a scholarship to school in the United States, returned back to Lebanon. The Crimson revealed that he and the university are working to fix the issue before courses begin next Tuesday.