Harvard student who was denied entry into US makes it to campus in time for start of classes

The gates leading to Harvard Yard.
–AP Photo/Charles Krupa

A Harvard University freshman who was denied entry into the United States at Logan Airport last month has arrived on campus in time for the start of classes Tuesday.

Ismail Ajjawi, a 17-year-old Palestinian student who lives in Lebanon, had a valid visa to study in the United States but was put on a flight back home after being questioned by immigration officials at Logan. He was reportedly turned away because of political posts his friends made on social media that were critical of the United States, and the Department of Homeland Security said he was deemed inadmissible and his visa was canceled.


That decision drew immediate backlash amid widespread support for the teenager, who grew up in a refugee camp and received a Hope Fund scholarship from an international education nonprofit called Amideast. He is one of about a dozen freshman receiving the Hope Fund scholarship this year.