Afghan teens robotics group shows up in U.S. in the nick of time

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By ASSOCIATED PRESS|Updated: 07/15/2017

Afghan girls robotics group shows up in U.S. in the nick of time
Afghan girls robotics group shows up in U.S. in the nick of time

WASHINGTON– Twice turned down for U.S. visas, an all-girls robotics group from Afghanistan showed up in Washington early Saturday after a remarkable, last-minute intervention by President Donald Trump.

The six-girl group and their chaperone finished their journey simply after midnight from their home town of Herat, Afghanistan, to enter their ball-sorting robotic in the three-day high school competitors beginning Sunday in the United States capital. Awaiting them at eviction at Washington Dulles International Airport were a U.S. unique envoy and Afghan Ambassador Hamdullah Mohib, who explained it as an uncommon minute of event for his beleaguered country.

” Seventeen years earlier, this would not have actually been possible at all,” Mohib stated in an interview. “They represent our goals and strength regardless of having actually been raised in a continuous dispute. These women will be showing to the world and the country that absolutely nothing will avoid us from being an active and equivalent member of the global neighborhood.”

In the brief time considering that their visa problem drew global attention, the women’ case has actually ended up being a flashpoint in the dispute about Trump’s efforts to tighten up entryway to the U.S., consisting of from numerous majority-Muslim nations. The women’ story has actually likewise restored the focus on the longer-term U.S. strategies for assisting Afghanistan’s future, as Trump’s administration prepares a brand-new military technique that will consist of sending out more soldiers to the nation where the U.S. has actually been battling considering that 2001.

Trump’s individual intervention previously in the week utilizing an unusual “parole” system to avoid the visa system ended a remarkable legend where the group two times took a trip from their house in western Afghanistan through mainly Taliban-controlled area to Kabul, where their visa applications were rejected two times.

In the short time since their visa dilemma drew global attention, the girls' case has become a flashpoint in the debate about Trump's efforts to tighten entrance to the US, including from many majority-Muslim countries. Afghanistan isn't included in Trump's temporary travel ban, but critics have said the ban is emblematic of a broader effort to put a chill on Muslims entering the US. AP

The United States will not state why the ladies were turned down for visas, mentioning privacy. Mohib stated that based on conversations with U.S. authorities, it appears the women were rebuffed due to issues they would not return to Afghanistan. It’s a fate that has actually besieged lots of Afghans looking for entry to the United States recently as continuing violence and financial obstacles lead numerous to look for asylum in America, or to take a trip through the United States to Canada to aim to transplant there.

As their case acquired attention, Trump stepped in by asking National Security Council authorities to discover a method for them to take a trip, authorities stated. Eventually the State Department, which adjudicates visa applications, asked the Homeland Security Department to let them in on “parole,” a momentary status utilized just in extraordinary scenarios to let in somebody who is otherwise disqualified to get in the nation. The United States gave parole after figuring out that it made up a “considerable public advantage.”

Ambassador Alice Wells, the acting U.S. unique envoy for Afghanistan and Pakistan, minimized issues that the ladies may utilize the parole to remain in the United States or go to Canada. As she owned to the airport to welcome the women, she stated by phone that they were happy to represent Afghanistan and “happy to go back to be good example to others around them.”

In this July 6 photo, teenagers from the Afghanistan Robotic House, a private training institute, practice at the Better Idea Organization center, in Herat, Afghanistan.

Contending versus entrants from more than 150 nations, the women will provide a robotic they created that can acknowledge orange and blue and sort balls into proper areas. They’ll likewise be feted at a quickly organized reception at the Embassy of Afghanistan participated in by fans who had actually petitioned the United States to let them in.

The Taliban, ousted by the U.S.-led union in 2001, rejected education to ladies when they ruled the war-torn nation. Wells stated that considering that 2002, the variety of Afghan kids participating in school has actually increased from about 900,000– essentially all kids– to 9 million today consisting of 40 percent ladies.

“We’re wanting to make sure that Afghanistan continues its trajectory to supporting politically and financially,” Wells stated. “It’s girls like these that are going to be the future of Afghanistan.