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Nine Chinese students returning to school at Arizona State University were detained at Los Angeles International airport, denied entry into the country, and sent back home, just days before the start of classes.
Their detainment has sparked outrage and now ASU is demanding answers and pleading with Secretary of State Mike Pompeo to let the pupils back into the country.
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The nine ASU undergraduates landed at LAX in the days prior to the start of classes on August 22, but their visas were 'deemed inadmissible' by Customs and Border Protection.
They were then detained by CBP officials 'over the last week', had their electronics searched, and were ultimately sent back to China, the university announced Friday.
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All of the students were undergraduates. One was an engineering student, another studying supply-chain management, and several were life sciences majors. Some of those students were due to graduate this semester.
University officials argue that the students were all academically eligible to return to ASU and the U.S. under their visas.
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'We are working as quickly as possible to coordinate with the federal government to understand the circumstances surrounding these actions and to rectify the situation,' ASU said in a statement last week.
ASU said that it has not been given answers on why the students were detained and sent back.
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The university clarified that the students were not detained due to any academic dishonesty issues.
'The Chinese students were deemed inadmissible to the United States based on information discovered during the CBP inspection,' CBP said to student paper the State Press in a statement.
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According to CHP, there are more than 60 reasons why a foreigner would be considered in admissible including health-related grounds, criminality, security reasons and immigration violations.
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