Yassmin Abdel-Magied won’t be attending the conference she was booked to speak at the in United States next month.
In fact, she’s not sure when she’ll be returning to the country that once welcomed her as a guest of the State Department.
The well-known Australian activist, author and TV presenter is one of 134 million people blocked by President Donald Trump's controversial "Muslim ban", which was forced through by executive order on Friday afternoon.
The ban stops citizens from seven majority-Muslim countries – Iran, Iraq, Somalia, Syria, Sudan, Libya and Yemen – from entering America for at least 90 days, even if they now live elsewhere and enjoy dual-citizenship, like Yassmin. Syrian refugees are excluded indefinitely.
"From an emotional point of view it’s obviously quite distressing," the 25-year-old told Mamamia.
"We’re talking about a policy, instituted over a weekend, that limits my opportunities to travel and work and do things in the US, but it’s a lot more symbolic.
"The ironic thing, of course, is that no one from those countries has committed a fatal terrorist attack."
And she's right. As the New York Times reported, no terrorist attack has been committed on US soil by anyone who's emigrated from any country on the banned list for 15 years.
"I feel like I’m being punished for being born into that country," Yassmin, who was born in Khartoom, Sudan, and is a proud Muslim, said.