US Africa summit without AfricansPor Feo Sada Mar 20, 2017
But the only problem was that not one of the invited delegates were able to attend, because every single one of them had their visas denied.
The United States hosts the African Global Economic and Development (AGED) Summit every year, and this year, it was slated to take place at the University of Southern California (USC) in Los Angeles. This year it was 100 per cent.
The conference, attended by business leaders and government officials, aims to promote business investment and sustainable economic development in Africa.
When questioned about the sweeping rejection of African visitors, The State Department responded that they could not comment on individual cases, reports Indy 100.
"Usually we get 40 percent that get rejected but the others come ..."
"I have to say that most of us feel it's a discrimination issue with the African nations", said Flowers.
Flowers said those denied visas were called in for embassy interviews just days before they had to travel despite of the fact they applied months ahead of time. "I was really disappointed when I went to the embassy", Hilton said in an interview with VOA.
The surge in visa denials by the United States comes nearly two months into the presidency of Donald Trump who has made cracking down on immigration one of his main priorities.
Africans have been facing difficulties acquiring visas to the United States years before President Donald Trump's executive order restricting people from six mainly Muslim countries including Somalia, Libya and Sudan from entering the country.
Only three African countries-Libya, Somalia, and Sudan-are officially included in Trump's travel ban, which is now stayed by order of a Hawaiian federal court.
With the heightened attention on foreign nationals coming to the US, there have been stories of more visas being denied to people from countries other than those named in the Trump administration's executive orders.
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