Writer and activist Yassmin Abdel-Magied has been detained and deported after arriving at a US airport, but immigration officials bet you can’t guess why.
Although official reasons for the deportation are yet to be released, US immigration agents at the Minneapolis airport were seen giggling to each other, coyly asking journalists to guess.
Travel to the US has been substantially affected since President Trump adopted tough rhetoric against Muslim travellers, but an immigration spokesman still wants you to guess why Ms Abdel-Magied was detained and not Ms Smith, who was before her in the line.
“Go on, guess,” an ICE agent said to a room of journalists this morning.
“Is it because she’s a writer?” one queried in response.
“No, that’s not it,” the official responded. “Anybody else?”
“Is it because she’s an engineer and Young Australian of the Year?” tried another journalist.
“Certainly not!” the agent laughed. “Go on guys, you can do better than that!”
“Any other guesses?” he added, pointing expectantly to a large photo of her.
The controversial Muslim activist made headlines in NewsCorp press this week for launching a new series showcasing fashion for hijab wearers.
Conservative Senator Eric Abetz has called the series “welcoming”, “inclusive”, and, for those reasons, “totally Un-Australian”.