Last week the liberal fake news media created a storm when they featured an all-girl robotics team from Afghanistan, who they said had their applications for visas turned out, all because of President Trump’s enactment of the new travel ban.
Well, it turns out that the President had a soft spot for the team after all… he intervened in order to quickly get the visas the girls need to come visit the United States and participate in a robotics competition.
Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan said the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved a State Department request this week.
The Daily Mail reports:
‘I truly believe our greatest power is the power to convene nations, to bring people together in the pursuit of a common goal and prove that our similarities greatly outweigh our differences,’ said Joe Sestak, the president of First Global. He credited ‘the professional leadership of the U.S. State Department’ for ensuring that all 163 teams from 157 countries, including a team of Syrian refugees, would be able to participate.
The U.S. State Department had declined to comment on why the Afghan team’s visa applications were denied, saying that ‘all visa applications are adjudicated on a case-by-case basis in accordance with U.S. law.’
A senior administration official said that Trump raised the issue with his national security adviser, H.R. General McMaster, during his trip to Germany last week for the Group of 20 summit, and had asked for additional options. The State Department and Department of Homeland Security came up with several – with the idea of ‘paroling’ the girls through the Department of Homeland Security ultimately chosen by the National Security Council. The person spoke on condition of anonymity to discuss the private deliberations.
Parole is a temporary status in which a person who is otherwise ineligible to enter the country is allowed in temporarily because of an emergency or humanitarian purpose, or because it’s deemed to be in the public good.
Without the reversal, which was first reported by Politico, the girls would have had to watch via video link from their hometown in western Afghanistan.
The girls wanted to show the world that Afghans could also construct a hand-made robot and they had been deeply disappointed by the initial rejections.
‘When we heard that we were rejected we lost hope,’ said 14-year-old Sumaya Farooqi. ‘We applied again for the U.S. visa and we were rejected again.’
Ivanka Trump also Tweeted her support for the girls, who it looks like might be getting a presidential visit.
The girls say that their struggle to learn robotics in Western Afghanistan has been incredibly difficult. For one – the girls have had to travel, or be able to leave their villages in order to meet and work on the robot and convincing their families was no easy feat.
One of the team members, Farooqi, says that the team worked 7 days a week, for several hours in order to program the robot correctly.