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    Afghan all-girl robotics team denied entry to US for competition

    Afghan all-girl robotics team denied entry to US for competition

    Organisers of an international robotics competition say they're saddened that an all-girl team from Afghanistan have been denied visas to travel to the United States to participate in the world's first international robot Olympics for high-school students.

    The six teenagers, aged between 14 and 16, from Herat won't be going to the inaugural FIRST Global robotics event in Washington DC in July - but their robot will.

    They've all been rejected for the one-week travel visa - despite making the dangerous 800 kilometre journey - twice - to Kabul, to the American Embassy, to be interviewed.

    Roya Mahboob, Afghanistan's first female tech CEO, who brought the girls together under the Digital Citizen Fund project told SBS World News it was a dangerous journey for the girls.

    "We didn't get a reason why the students were denied" she said, speaking from New York. "They got very upset and the first time they were rejected they were crying all day".

    Ms Mahboob said the girls were brought to Kabul for a second chance in the hope that at least one or two of them could obtain a visa.

    "But unfortunately" she said "all of them got denied."

    Staff at the Consulate were polite, but she added "There are views that the number of visas for B1/B2 for Afghanistan is limited and that maybe their (US) Consular made the decision that this visa was not for our students .. or maybe because the students couldn't speak English and because of that they made their decision."
    "We of the United States would like to support the empowerment of women in backwards countries, but you see, we're just too scared of Muslim schoolgirls to let you in the country."

    “And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful."
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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    "We of the United States would like to support the empowerment of women in backwards countries, but you see, we're just too scared of Muslim schoolgirls to let you in the country."
    It's our country. We don't have to let in people we don't want to let in. We can make rules about this. Then we can uphold those rules and stick with them when we want to.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Marva View Post
    It's our country. We don't have to let in people we don't want to let in. We can make rules about this. Then we can uphold those rules and stick with them when we want to.
    Yes, we can.

    Is it within the ideals that we espouse to do so?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djharkavy View Post
    Yes, we can.

    Is it within the ideals that we espouse to do so?
    The "ideals we espouse" to don't include having to self-defense because of our own stupidity in the first place.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Lady Marva View Post
    The "ideals we espouse" to don't include having to self-defense because of our own stupidity in the first place.
    Do we really need to defend ourselves against a handful of teenage girls trying to go to a robotics competition?

    America is GREATly afraid.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Djharkavy View Post
    Do we really need to defend ourselves against a handful of teenage girls trying to go to a robotics competition?

    America is GREATly afraid.

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    What a crock. What the left is doing is finding a "victim" so they can gnaw away at a logical response to terror.

    California is denying government money to be used to travel to states that they think don't measure up to their standards of morality. I am sure that the business's in those states that are denied that income include many liberals that feel the same way California does, but California is penalizing them for their states actions.

    This type of thing happens everyday. Cry me a river.

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    Were you under the impression that these girls are being punished for the actions of Afghanistan's government?

    “And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful."
    -President Donald J. Trump

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    Quote Originally Posted by Norm dePlume View Post
    Were you under the impression that these girls are being punished for the actions of Afghanistan's government?
    Nope. But it makes no difference.

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    Quote Originally Posted by 80zephyr View Post
    What a crock. What the left is doing is finding a "victim" so they can gnaw away at a logical response to terror.
    You wanna make omelets, you gotta break a few eggs, right?

    This story just highlights how stupid a blanket ban is. Remember, it blocks persecuted Christians in those countries from coming to the US, too. It's a blanket ban. On both children and terrorist-aged single 20-something males. It's stupid.

    It's our right as a nation, but that don't mean it's a good idea.
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    I suppose if you're banning blankets, you might as well ban afghans while you're at it.

    “And I got a call from the head of the Boy Scouts saying it was the greatest speech that was ever made to them, and they were very thankful."
    -President Donald J. Trump

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