Official: Australia could refuse Ye entry for anti-Semitism
CANBERRA, Australia (AP) – A senior Australian government minister said Wednesday that rapper Ye, formerly known as Kanye West, could be denied a visa if he tries to visit Australia because of anti-Semitism comments. Semitic.
Education Secretary Jason Clare was responding to media reports that the American star was planning to visit the family of new Australian partner Bianca Censori in Melbourne next week.
Clare said he did not know if Ye had applied for a visa, but Australia had previously refused it to people with anti-Semitic views.
“I assume that if he applies he will have to go through the same process and answer the same questions,” as others who have expressed such views, Clare told Nine Network Television.
Last month, Ye praised Hitler in an interview with conspiracy theorist Alex Jones. Twitter later suspended Ye after he tweeted an image of a swastika combined with the Star of David.
Australian Migration Law sets security and character requirements for non-citizens to enter the country. Any decision on whether Ye is granted an Australian visa will be made by Immigration Secretary Andrew Giles, whose office said he could not comment on individual cases due to privacy concerns.
Peter Wertheim, the co-chief executive officer of the Executive Council of Australian Jews, met with government officials on Tuesday to support a travel ban.
“We had an open ear,” Wertheim said on Sky News. “We argued that this particular individual would meet the character test and that it would be in the national interest not to grant him a visa, and we set out our reasons at length.”
Opposition Leader Peter Dutton said that if he were in government he would be inclined to exclude Ye on character grounds.
“My inclination would be not to let him in,” Dutton told Radio 3AW in Melbourne on Tuesday.
“His anti-Semitic remarks are shameful, his behavior and behavior are appalling, and he is not a person of good character,” Dutton added.
Ye and Censori plan to visit their family, who live in Ivanhoe, a north-eastern suburb of Melbourne, next week, Seven Network News reported.
Ye and Censori recently got married less than two months after his divorce from Kim Kardashian was finalized, entertainment news site TMZ reported two weeks ago.
The AP asked Iva’s representative if he had married Censori and was planning to visit Melbourne, but did not get an immediate response.
Rod McGuirk, The Associated Press