Flight Risks

Many Americans, including me, applauded Pres. Trump’s decision to override a State Dept. ruling to deny an all-girl team from Afghanistan visas to compete in an international robotics competition in the U.S. Sadly, though, the press typically blamed Trump for the visa denials in the first place. As the above-linked article said,

Their case began attracting global attention – and sparked a heated debate over the president’s immigration policies – when their visa applications were rejected. Though Afghanistan is not among the countries included in Trump’s travel ban, critics of the president said the case was demonstrative of the administration’s attempt to restrict Muslims from entering the US.

But the visa denials were apparently due to a long-standing U.S. of not granting entry to those who might choose not to return to their home countries, often going into hiding, sometimes resurfacing to apply for political asylum. When I say “long-standing,” I mean many decades; it’s been one of the core principles under many presidents of both parties. Much as the press loves to blame Trump (often fairly, sometimes not), this was not a Trump policy problem, and as noted, he acted to override the rule.

Well, lo and behold, the rule seems to have some merit, because now the robotics team from Burundi did exactly what the framers of the long-standing visa rule feared — they’ve fled the scene of the competition, apparently with the intention of staying in the U.S. or Canada rather than returning home.

I must confess to admiring the Burundi kids’ daring, but there is the brain drain issue. A lot of effort and funds went into their training, in the hope of improving life in their Third World country. It’s a shame they didn’t feel a responsibility to return. Well, they are kids, though from past history of such things, it’s likely that there were adults egging them on, and assisting them.

Anyway, somewhere in the State Dept. there are people who now feel vindicated on the initial denial of visas to the Afghani girls.

12 thoughts on “Flight Risks

  1. The same can be said about the “brain drain” of international students who are educated in the US with their promise to return home and then they do not. The most offensive is the “hardship waivers” for the J-1s, often physicians, who could do so much more for others if they returned to their home country. The hardships are they care more about themselves than their promise.

    When a person is admitted to the US on a non-immigrant visa, it should be assumed that they will find a way to remain either legally or illegally.


    • Currently the foreign students are required to state that they will return home after their studies. Various reform bills have included provisions that would do away with this requirement.


      • The importation of students has become big business both for universities and the communities in which they live and work. The original intent of allowing foreign students to study in the US is no longer applied. It is obvious from the fact that foreign students were expected to declare their return home indicates that the intent was to benefit their home countries.

        I wonder how the OPT program has affected the return rate.

        I find it interesting that foreign students need a training period with additional corporate support where this is not required of or a privilege granted to US citizens or permanent residents. Does this not prove that foreign based graduates are not up to par with the US resident graduates?

        The more I know, the more I am concerned about the long term effects of our immigration policies not only for the US but also for the countries from which the talent is being drained.


    • When a person is admitted to the US on a non-immigrant visa, it should be assumed that they will find a way to remain either legally or illegally.

      ————–It is assumed. FEDERAL LAW requires the State Dept. to consider all applicants for NON immigrant visas to be intending immigrants, and it’s up to the applicant to show their intent to return home with jobs, bank accounts, property, and family ties in their home country. The State Dept. guessed wrong in more than 600,000 cases last year–that’s the number of visa overstays last FY.


  2. My 77 year old father-in-law was denied a visitors visa for the reason cited in the article. He had to prove that he had ties which would prevent him from staying permanently. He was denied because the embassy said not enough evidence of enough ties to return–basically given the conditions of re-applying, the US embassy permanently denied him entry in the United States. I will admit to some memory loss as I read awhile ago that after the break up of the Soviet Union, the US either refused to issue any sort of tourist/visitor visas to Lithuanians or greatly reduced the number as none of the Lithuanians ever returned.

    This whole incident seems to me to be an example of what some leftist pundits warned about which was to attribute to Trump as the source of all “badness” for issues which have been long standing, or which frankly the other side was guilty of also.


  3. Of course their families encouraged them to defect. Now they will all be celebrities, offered scholarships, free money, and their families will get visas to immigrate as well. Welcome to the gravy train in the west. Real citizens need not apply. I’m only sorry I couldn’t vote for Trump twice.


  4. No doubt they will open an illegal “global staffing agency” and bring in more job robbers and target Americans in their jobs for removal. 3rd world is waging silent, unseen job warfare on Americans in their own country.


  5. I suspect where we are heading with this is some kind of tracker-chip so people will not be able to overstay their visas. Then it will expand to prison inmates, children, and finally everyone.


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