An incoming Harvard freshman was quizzed about friends’ social media posts and ultimately turned away by immigration officials after touching down at Boston’s airport Friday, he told the school newspaper.
Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian who lives in Lebanon, said he had his visa canceled after hours of questioning by an immigration official, the Harvard Crimson reported.
“After the 5 hours ended, she called me into a room, and she started screaming at me," Ajjawi said in a statement to the Crimson. “She said that she found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list.”
He added that he has no posts on his own timeline that touch on politics.
Harvard said it was working to get Ajjawi into the country.
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“The University is working closely with the student’s family and appropriate authorities to resolve this matter so that he can join his classmates in the coming days," Harvard spokesperson Jason Newton told the Daily News in an email.
Michael McCarthy, a Customs and Border Protection spokesperson, told the Daily News in an email that the agency does not provide specific information about travelers.
“This individual was deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection,” the agency said in a statement.