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Mon Mar 20, 2017, 03:01 PM

Africa Trade Meeting Has No Africans After US Visa Denials

LOS ANGELES
Each year, the University of Southern California brings delegations from Africa to meet with business leaders, government officials and others in the U.S. But this year, the African summit has no Africans. All were denied visas.

Visa issues are not uncommon for people traveling from African nations. During her prior three summits, Mary Flowers saw a high percentage of her attendees at the African Global Economic and Development Summit, unable to attain visas.

"Usually we get 40 percent that get rejected but the others come," said Flowers, chair of the African Global Economic and Development Summit. "This year it was 100 percent. Every delegation. And it was sad to see, because these people were so disheartened."

Flowers estimated that she lost about 100 attendees, including speakers and government officials. The countries affected included Sierra Leone, Guinea, Ghana, Nigeria, Ethiopia and South Africa.

'A discrimination issue'

"I have to say that most of us feel it's a discrimination issue with the African nations," said Flowers. "We experience it over and over and over, and the people being rejected are legitimate business people with ties to the continent."

A request for comment from the State Department was not immediately returned.

http://www.voanews.com/a/african-trade-conference-canceled-after-visas-denied-african-delegates/3770907.html

https://www.indy100.com/article/africa-trade-meeting-african-visa-denied-us-travel-ban-global-economic-development-summit-7637666

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Blue_Tires Monday OP
gopiscrap Monday #1
Doreen Monday #5
The Polack MSgt Monday #2
gopiscrap Monday #6
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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 03:02 PM

1. OMG we are so fucked up

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Response to gopiscrap (Reply #1)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 06:12 PM

5. Saw this yesterday and thought the same thing.

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 03:25 PM

2. Well, I'm sure there is a reasonable explanation...

Oh yeah, I remember now. It's because 45 has given all the closet racist pricks in government service carte blanche.

Under the reign of Cheeto, only racists are allowed to come out of the closet

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Response to The Polack MSgt (Reply #2)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 06:13 PM

6. exactly

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:42 PM

3. This is so

Fucked up.

"...the people being rejected are legitimate business people with ties to the continent."

We have to stay encouraged. This is really not surprising and it's nothing new to face exclusions. Don't these fools know that the very one's being excluded outnumber them?

We have no State Department.

We must channel our anger into action.

Thank you for the post, Blue_Tires.

Sorry about the cussing.

♡lmsp

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Response to Blue_Tires (Original post)

Mon Mar 20, 2017, 04:44 PM

4. This is who they made us. I hate them.

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