Australian author and TV personality Yassmin Abdel-Magied has said on social media that she is being deported from the US.
On Twitter, Abdel-Magied was advertising her appearance at a New York festival panel titled “The M Word: No country for young Muslim Women”, but offered the caveat: “If they will let me in. I’m currently at the border and they’ve said I’m being deported. This should be fun. What are my rights?”
The author said that three hours after touching down in Minneapolis, she was on a plane back without her passport.
Earlier Abdel-Magied had tweeted: “They’ve taken my phone, cancelled my visa and are deporting me. Will follow up on messages once I understand what’s going on.”
Abdel–Magied wrote that within a few minutes of looking at her case, the border security person told her she was being sent back.
It is unclear, at this stage, why Abdel-Magied is being deported. The Guardian has contacted the US department of homeland security.
Sudanese-born Abdel-Magied is a mechanical engineer and rose to prominence as the founder of the Youth Without Borders organisation. She was named the 2007 young Australian Muslim of the year.
She has been an prominent advocate for Muslim women, but attracted controversy in Australia over an Anzac Day tweet juxtaposing attitudes towards the Anzac legend with Australian and international policies towards refugees.
She is based in London.
The Guardian has attempted to talk to Abdel-Magied.
More to come.