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State Department Denies Visas to Little League Team. Wait. What?

Little League International announced today that the State Department had denied visas for a team from Kampala, Uganda that won the Middle East and Africa Region (MEA) Tournament.

The kids would have been the first team from Africa to compete in the 65th Little League World Series.

Why were the kids denied visas?

No one knows and the State Department isn’t talking.

Because of privacy concerns, the State Department did not give Little League a reason for the decision, except that the documentation provided by the team contained discrepancies.

Ah yes, more of the “most transparent administration ever.”

Let’s face some facts here. The kids that come to the Little League World Series are just that – kids. They are not 12 year old terrorists or 12 year olds trying to sneak across the border. If they were, they would probably have succeeded, but that is another issue. The kids and the coaches are pretty much “locked down” in the housing that Little League provides. We don’t think that there is much chance of a massive security risk with twelve 12 year olds and three adult coaches running amuck in the country.

Although the Little League World Series has become too commercialized, the fact is that it is still one of the great melting pots. Kids from around the world meet, play games, interact and get to know each other. You would think that the state department would want to promote that. You would think that the state department would want people to come to this country, see how we really are as opposed to what they read and hear about us and return home.

We cannot imagine any paperwork “discrepancies” that would or should prevent a once in a lifetime chance for a bunch of 12 year old kids.

We cannot imagine any paperwork “discrepancies” that could not be worked out so these 12 year old can come here and play the great American game of baseball.

So the State Department crushes the dreams of some kids, and then won’t say why. If the reason is legitimate, the American people will see it. If the reason is not legitimate, and we heavily suspect it is not, then the State Department is simply trying to put up a smoke screen to avoid accountability.

Who would have ever guessed that this administration would avoid accountability on anything?



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