Muslim Activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied Refused Entry to U.S.

HeadlineApr 13, 2018

Muslim activist, author and TV personality Yassmin Abdel-Magied has arrived back in London, after she was detained, had her smartphone seized, and was deported by Customs and Border Protection officials after landing in Minneapolis, Minnesota, on Wednesday. Abdel-Magied is a Sudanese-born Australian citizen who had been scheduled to speak at the PEN World Voices Festival in New York at a panel titled “The M Word: No Country for Young Muslim Women.” She says she previously traveled to the U.S. on the same visa that was denied this week. In a statement, PEN America wrote, “The barriers for international writers and artists visiting the U.S. are growing, impairing the ability of PEN America and other organizations to foster cross border dialogues that are so essential at this time.”

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