Australian author and TV personality Yassmin Abdel-Magied has reportedly been deported from the US.
Abdel-Magied has tweeted that she was stopped at the border and three hours after touching down in Minneapolis, she was back on a plane without her passport.
It is understood that she was travelling on her Australian passport, and was heading to the US for an appearance at a panel event in New York titled 'The M Word: No country for young Muslim Women' at the PEN World Voices Festival.
We are dismayed that an invited guest to our annual PEN World Voices Festival in New York, 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. Abdel-Magied is an advocate of the rights of Muslim women and refugees and is a citizen of Australia, travelling on that country’s passport. The very purpose of the PEN World Voices Festival, founded after 9/11 to sustain the connectedness between the U.S. and the wider world, is in jeopardy at a time when efforts at visa bans and tightened immigration restrictions threaten to choke off vital channels of dialogue that are protected under the First Amendment right to receive and impart information through in-person cultural exchange. We understand that Yassmin was traveling on a type of visa that she had used in the past for similar trips without issue. We call on Customs and Border Patrol to admit her to the U.S. so that she can take her rightful place in the urgent international conversation to take place at the Festival next week
- PEN America statement - festival organisers
According to her Twitter account, Abdel-Magied's plane has taken off.
She is based in London.