Harvard Student Denied Entry Arrives At School

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A Customs and Border Patrol spokesperson is confirming a Harvard University freshman from Lebanon who was denied entry to the U.S. when he arrived in Boston has made it to school.

Seventeen-year-old Ismail Ajjawi made it to campus just in time for the official start of the school year.

"The last 10 days have been difficult and anxiety filled, but we are most grateful for the thousands of messages of support and particularly the work of AMIDEAST," the student’s family said in a statement from their lawyer to The Harvard Crimson, the college newspaper.

Ajjawi was previously sent back to Lebanon by immigration officials at Logan Airport due to political posts his friends made on social media.

Reports say that Harvard President Lawrence Bacar and other school officials worked to get Ajjawi back into the U. S.

In July, the Harvard president wrote a letter to Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Kevin McAleenan expressing concerns about students having difficulties obtaining visas, including delays and denials.


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