Trump supported us, say Afghan girls after robotics visa U-turn

Trump supported us, say Afghan girls after robotics visa U-turn

Trump supported us, say Afghan girls after robotics visa U-turn

After much public outcry, the USA government has relented and given a team of Afghan girl robotic engineers the visas to enter a competition.

The girls' applications for US visas had been denied twice, but the White House says President Donald Trump intervened and they will be allowed in to participate in the competition. "We applied again for the USA visa and we were rejected again".

Sestak noted that teams from Iran, Yemen, Sudan, Libya and Syria - all Muslim-majority countries affected by President Trump's executive order restricting entry to the United States - were granted visas for the competition.

The U.S. State Department had told the Associated Press that it would not comment on why the girls' visas had been denied but that "all visa applications are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with U.S. law".

It remains unclear why their visa were initially rejected, but the US administration has imposed a travel ban on most people from six predominantly Muslim countries including Syria and Yemen, but not Afghanistan. Then to apply for visas, they traveled twice to Kabul - site of a bombing on May 31 that killed 150 people - and their applications were rejected.

First Global president Joe Sestak - who had previously expressed his disappointment in the girls' visa denial - has commended the United States government for overturning the ban.

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"Seventeen years ago, this would not have been possible at all", said Afghan Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib.

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The six members of Afghanistan's all-girls robotics team arrived at Kabul airport from their home in Herat in western Afghanistan.

"It's important for Afghan women to be able to share their ideas", said Mehraban. "We are going from a war-torn country and the goal is to show the capability of Afghan women". The decision by the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services means the six girls from the war-torn country will be allowed in, along with their chaperone, so they can participate in the competition.

State Department spokesperson Heather Nauert would not divulge why this team alone ran into issues, citing the confidentiality of the process.

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