Sudanese-Australian Muslim activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied was detained and deported when she tried to enter the US on Wednesday.
Abdel-Magied, who was travelling to the US to speak at the Pen America World Voices Festival, was denied entry in Minneapolis, Minnesota by US Customs and Border Protection officials.
Abdel-Magied, who tweeted about the incident, said authorities confiscated her mobile phone, cancelled her passport and then put back on an outbound plane.
The former ABC presenter also tweeted her frustration about how little time it took for the border officials to review her case.
But as it turns out, she had the wrong type of visa.
A spokesperson for US Customs and Border Protection told SBS News that “during the inspection, CBP officers determined this individual did not possess the appropriate visa to receive monetary compensation for the speaking engagements she had planned during her visit to the United States.”
Adding: “As such, she was deemed inadmissible to enter the United States for her visit, but was allowed to withdraw her application for admission. The traveler is eligible to reapply for a visa for future visits.”
Business Insider has contacted Abdel-Magied for further comment.
*This article has been updated to reflect comments made by the US Customs and Border Protection authority.
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