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Afghan all-girl robotics team denied US visas for competition

Jul 3, 2017 by

An Afghan teenage robotics team will not be able to compete in person at an international competition in Washington, DC, because the girls were denied visas to enter the United States.

They had hoped to travel to the nation’s capital to test their mettle against other young engineers from across the globe in the FIRST Global Challenge this month, but the State Department denied their travel papers.

When they found out, the girls were “crying all the day,” team sponsor Roya Mahboob told The Washington Post.

The girls will have to watch remotely as their robot competes.

Teams from Sudan and Syria were granted visas — despite those countries’ inclusion in President Trump’s travel ban. Afghanistan is not on the list.

The State Department does not comment on visa denials, but data show few visas are granted to Afghans — there were just 112 issued in May 2017, compared with 780 from Iraq.

Source: Afghan all-girl robotics team denied US visas for competition | New York Post

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