Student Denied Entry to U.S. Due to Social Media

Immigration attorney, Andres Mejer, talks about Ismail B. Ajjawi’s immigration situation. Ismail was born in Lebanon and of Palestinian descent. Ismail was awarded a full scholarship to Harvard. When Ismail entered the United States, Custom’s and Border Patrol agents questioned him forgive hours and reviewed his phone and computer before deporting him back to his country.

Transcript (Transcripción):

Andres Mejer:  Ismael Ajarwi, sorry. 

Andres Mejer: Harvard freshmen inadmissible because of France social media post. So each man born in Lebanon, Palestinian descent, got a full scholarship to Harvard, applied for a student visa, was approved for that visa, boarded the plane, flew over to the United States, met a customs border official who reviewed his laptop, his phone ,they looked at it for five hours. 

Andres Mejer: So this is a 12-hour flight. Now he’s stuck for five hours in secondary processing. They reviewed his photos, his videos and they looked at WhatsApp and they found a post by somebody else not him. And they said. You’re not admissible in the United States because of the nature of the information that was written there. It’s anti-American and because it’s on your phone we’re not allowing you entry. And they sent him back. So what happened Ishmail or Harvard not show which hired an attorney to get what was going on. And he was ultimately allowed to enter and eat and he did come to the U.S. for his classes. So he is here now. But the point is. Initially, they said no. You’re inadmissible because of the information we found on your phone. Don’t lose sight of that. So if today you’re applying for a tourist visa you’re applying for a Green Card. You’re applying for a work visa. You’re living outside nine states and you’re coming to the U.S. for a reason. 

Andres Mejer: You’re going through a consular process through an embassy or consulate you’re going to fill out an application either online or at the consulate and it’s going to say it’s going to ask you give us all of your social media handles and give us all of the emails you’ve used for the past five years. 

Andres Mejer: They’re going to take that information and they’re going to review to see is there something out there that gives them a reason to deny your petition. So today I only talk about five tips five tips to help you protect yourself from well denying you immigration petition. Number one change your privacy settings to the most restrictive possible again. Every social media platform HAS DIFFERENT SETTINGS has different requirements. Make sure it is most restrictive as possible. Number two don’t accept friends that you don’t know should be common. Should be obvious but it’s not, you don’t know how many followers you get, if you don’t know the person. You’re better off not friending them or not accepting your friend request. 3 Don’t joke about committing any crimes in the US about doing harm to us or involvement in any criminal activity. The stupidity of the government or how you lied and cheated again. These are bases where someone reviewing it. That’s a custom border official or a USCIS official could look at that and say you know what. You’re not a good moral person. You don’t show that character and values that we want here in the United States. So we’re going to deny your petition. Four, don’t curse or use threatening language. Look in some states that could be a crime, in New Jersey they call it terroristic threats. It’s not about terrorism. It’s simple. That’s the title of give because you’re causing fear to someone. And it’s a crime. Now let me give you a different example. You go to Amsterdam to smoke marijuana or hashish. It’s allowed there. You take photos and you comment on how this place was great and that was and you put down your social media. Now you’re coming to the United States and there is proof positive that you used drugs and now you can be denied admission to the United States. Don’t do it. And 5, don’t post anything that contradicts information in your application. For example, where you live the past five years, where you went to school, were whether you were ever charged with the crime your marital status or children. Look if you’re married a U.S. citizen and your wife is applying for you don’t have photos with you and other women there could be relatives they could not be relatives they could be friends again that’s you know you could show up at the interview and the governor might say hey what about this photo. Hey, what about this person. Look you still say on Facebook that you’re single but here you are saying that you’re married and are images of you on the beach with these other women that you say you just went out with. 

Andres Mejer: That’s inconsistent information and likely will question at the very least the honesty of the petition. Maybe you can explain it maybe you can’t. But the. More you have to explain the worse off you are.