Australia Asks U.S. Why Lawmaker Was Denied Entry

Melbourne, Australia (AP) -- Australia's government has asked the United States to explain why a state lawmaker with dual Australian-Syrian citizenship was refused entry last week.

Victoria lawmaker Khalil Eideh was on a trip on government business with other state legislators when he was not allowed to fly from Vancouver, Canada, to Denver.

Foreign Minister Julia Bishop's office said in a statement Tuesday that the Australian Embassy in Washington made urgent inquiries of U.S. authorities as to what happened.

Eideh returned to his hometown of Melbourne on Saturday and told reporters, "I've been discriminated against."

Eideh, who was born in Lebanon to Syrian parents, was given no explanation of why he could not enter the United States.

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