Afghan girls allowed entry into USA for 10 days

Jerome Frank
July 14, 2017

That criticism swelled as details emerged about the girls' struggle to build their robot and get visas.

In a statement, FIRST global president and former Congressman Joe Sestak said that he is "most grateful to the USA government and its State Department for ensuring Afghanistan, as well as Gambia, would be able to join us for this worldwide competition this year". They represent the best of the Afghan people. "They are future leaders of Afghanistan and strong ambassadors for their country", Powell added.

The State Department worked with Homeland Security on this specific case.

The State Department and Department of Homeland Security came up with several with the idea and the USA has opted to parole the girls.

Homeland Security Department spokesman David Lapan said the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services approved a State Department request for six girls from the war-torn country to be allowed in, along with their chaperone, so they can participate in the competition.

While those rooting for this team of girls will undoubtedly be thrilled at the news, the culture that allowed for the team of girls to be blocked in the first place may make the victory a little bit bittersweet.

"Of the 163 applicants, of 157 countries, have obtained their visas to the United States, including those from Iran, Sudan, and the team of the syrian refugees", said Mr. Sestak: "I could not be more proud".

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The organizers of the FIRST Global Challenge robotics competition had come up with an alternate solution when they believed the girls wouldn't be able to compete in person - they were going to watch their robot compete via Skype, organizers said.

"We just wanted to show the power and skills of Afghan girls to Americans".

Members of Afghan girls' team have said they are eager to put in display the robots made by them in the competition which will begin on Sunday in Washington.

The global robotics competition is an "Olympics"-style compeititon in which one team from every nation is invited to participate".

Afghanistan is not included in Trump's travel ban, but it's tremendously hard, bordering on impossible, for its citizens to obtain a visa.

Earlier this week, the State Department announced its ongoing support for the "TechGirls" initiative, bringing young Muslim women from the Middle East and North Africa to the USA for a three-week exchange program meant to promote women's interest in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM) fields.

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