It seems to make sense to bring African representatives for an Africa Trade Meeting, but for this year’s meeting, all of the African delegates, about 100, were denied visas.
Each year, except this year, delegations from Africa meet with officials and business leaders in the US for the African Global Economic and Development (AGED) Summit.
This year’s event took place at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles, reported VOA.
Unfortunately, this year, America refused to allow Africans to attend a summit that could greatly impact their homeland.
100% of the approximately 100 representatives were denied visas, many at the last minute.
Mary Flowers, chair of the summit, said normally about 40 per cent of attendees were denied visas, but this year was exceptional.
“This year, it was 100 per cent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened.”
She estimated that around 100 guests, from Ethiopia, Ghana, Guinea, Nigeria, Sierra Leone,and South Africa, were unable to attend.
“I have to say that most of us feel it’s a discrimination issue with the African nations.”
“We experience it over and over and over, and the people being rejected are legitimate business people with ties to the continent.”
VOA reported, according to Flowers, many who had applied for their visas weeks or months in advance were only called for embassy interviews days before they were supposed to travel.
The State Department will not discuss the details of the visa denials, so it is unclear why they were denied, but many feel it is prejudice.
Donald Trump’s ‘travel ban’ supposedly only applies to three African countries, Libya, Somalia and Sudan. Unfortunately many Africans countries are seeing an increase in visa denials without explanation.
The only reason many can see is the unconstitutional travel ban is in effect even though federal judges have ruled it unconstitutional, and it also seems to apply to far more countries than are publicly listed.
(Article By Jeremiah Jones)