'Victim of Trumpism': Australian MP refused entry to US

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Luglio 29, 2017

An MP from Australian state of Victoria, Khalil Eideh, was recently blocked from entering the United States while on an overseas study tour, in yet another incident of "Trumpism", as declared by an outraged Australian senator.

Mr Eideh was on an official study tour with other MPs when he was split from the group in Vancouver after a United Airlines staffer told him he was not allowed to board a flight to Denver.

The Australian entourage is on a trip through Europe, Canada and the United States to study drug laws.

Mr Eideh said he had a visa for his USA travels, and that U.S. authorities had not raised any issues with him during the application process.

"They told me "unfortunately it's blocked, we can't let you in". Syria is included in these countries.

"I've been discriminated against", he told reporters at Melbourne airport. "I'm not sure if that's the reason", he said.

Federal Labor senator Kim Carr said Mr Eideh had been the "victim of Trumpism".

It's understood Mr Eideh has also visited Syria, the homeland of his parents.

Mr Eideh wrote to president Bashar al-Assad in 2002, which he later said was taken out of context.

Mr Eideh returned to Melbourne on Saturday after he was stopped from boarding a flight to the U.S. from Canada 48 hours earlier.

An Australian state MP has been prevented from entering the USA on Friday, and fellow travelling politicians have been given no reason for the move.

"We're travelling MPs on an official visit, we all went through an extensive process to secure a visa for the U.S.", stressed Suleyman.

Foreign Affairs Minister Julie Bishop has asked Australian officials to make urgent enquiries.

"Like Australia, the United States administers a strict entry regime and the decision on who can enter the country is a matter exclusively for the US Government", the spokesperson said.

"All travellers must clear admissibility laws", he said, adding that only a small number out of the more than 1.2 million people who came to the United States each day were denied entry.

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