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Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal

All-girl Afghan robotics team allowed to travel to US after visa ruling overturned

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I would not be surprised if the girls apply for asylum shortly after admission.

Via The Guardian:

Six Afghan teenage girls are to compete in person in a global robotics competition in Washington on Sunday after the US reversed a decision not to grant them visas.

The initial rejection of the team’s visa sparked international outcry and the girls became national celebrities in Afghanistan, where many are perplexed about the repercussions of new US immigration rules and feel abandoned by their American allies.

A US state department official confirmed to the Guardian that there were new developments under way in the girls’ case. The team said they had been asked to show up at the embassy in Kabul on Thursday.


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  1. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    The president was certainly right when he intervened to overturn the visa denials and allow these courageous young women to come to the US to participate in a robotics competition that even the team from Iran was granted visas to attend, even though Iran, unlike Afghanistan, is on the president's banned list?

    As you may just possibly have noticed, I am not usually among the president's strongest supporters on immigration issues (or anything else). But here, he has done something great, something truly presidential and worthy of his high office. I commend him and fully support his move.

    Newspaper reports say that the young women told the US embassy that all of their family members and contacts are in Afghanistan and they have no intention of staying in the United States. The president evidently believed them. I respect and fully concur in his judgment on this point.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
    Updated 07-13-2017 at 03:08 PM by ImmigrationLawBlogs
  2. MKolken's Avatar
    Have you ever filed an asylum claim for a national of Afghanistan Roger? I suspect you have not, because if you had you would know that these girls are very much at risk.
  3. ImmigrationLawBlogs's Avatar
    I defer to Matt's unquestioned expertise as far as asylum law is concerned, since I practice in a different area of immigration law and have limited asylum law experience myself.

    No one has fought harder or more consistently for the rights of asylum seekers and deportation respondents than Matt has.

    Roger Algase
    Attorney at Law
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