In a chilling reminder that Trump's hatred of Muslim immigrants (as well as intellectuals) is leading America closer to fascism faster than most people are willing to admit, CBP officers at Boston's Logan Airport have sent back a young Palestinian Refugee student from Lebanon who had arrived in the US to being his first year as a Harvard College full scholarship student.

After arriving in at the airport to begin his first year at Harvard, thee student, Ismail B. Ajjawi, was sent back to Lebanon after being questioned for 5 hours about his religion by CBP officers,

The reason was that, after seizing and searching his phone and laptop, CBP officers discovered that soe of Ajjawi's friends had posted social media comments that were critical of the United Stated/ None of these comments had been made by Ajjawi himself.

This is how the young student described the incident according to the Harvard Crimson newspaper, which reports that on arrival, Ajjawi was first questioned about his religious practices, The paper than states:

"The same officer then asked him to unlock his phone and laptop and then left to search them for roughly five hours, Ajawi alleges. After the search, the officer questioned him about his friends' social media activity.

'When I asked every time to have my phone back so I could tell him about the situation, the officer refused and told me to sit back in [my] position and not move at all, ' he wrote. 'After the 5 hours ended, she called me into a room, and she started screaming at me. She said she had found people posting political points of view that oppose the US on my friend[s] list.'

Ajawi wrote that he had not made any political posts and that he should not be held responsible for others' posts.

'I responded that I had no bsuiness with such posts and that i sin'r like, [s]hare or comment on them and told her I shouldn't be held responsible for what others post.' he wrote. ''I have no single post on my timeline discussing politics.'

The officer then cancelled Ajawi's' visa, informed him he would be deported and allowed him a phone call to his parents."


See, Harvard Crimson, August 27:

https://www.thecrimson.com/article/2019/8/27/incoming-freshman-deported/

The above colloquy is a clear example of a young Middle Eastern Muslim immigrant explaining what democracy is about to a US official giving a clear example of fascism in action in Donald Trump's America.


Barring this student from the US because of posts that his social media "friends" may have made online is not only something that affects this one individual, or Harvard University, or Muslim immigrants in general.

It is a warning to all Americans who are concerned about our freedom and the survival of our democracy in the Donald Trump Era that anyone who criticizes America's 45th president, or who makes any statement that he may not like, risks being "sent back" in one way or another by this administration's officials.




Roger Algase
Attorney at Law

Harvard College A.B.
Harvard Law School LL.B.