U.S. grants visas to Afghan robotics team following public outcry

President Trump reportedly intervened to reverse the State Department's decision against the girls

Members of an Afghan robotics team work on their robots in Herat province, Afghanistan, on July 4.

US officials have reportedly made a decision to allow a group of Afghan girls, who has previously been denied entry, into the U.S.to attend a robot competition.

The teenagers were denied access to the US under the president's executive order on travel after making multiple trips to their country's capital depsite the dangers of the war-torn region.

The State Department and Department of Homeland Security came up with several - with the idea of "paroling" the girls through the Department of Homeland Security ultimately chosen by the National Security Council.

Trump's decision to intervene comes after human rights groups criticized the U.S.'s decision to initially deny the girls entry.

First Global, the organization putting on the competition, said that a team from the Gambia is also being allowed to join the event despite having previously been rejected.

No explanation for how the change occurred was given, though Talbot confirmed that the girls are now authorized to come to America on the "parole" system, a non-visa program that allows people to temporarily stay in the U.S.

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A United States travel ban is in place for people travelling from six majority-Muslim countries.

Joe Sestak, facebook First Global president, and former congressman posted on his Facebook page and express his sadness for the girl, although refusing to make any statement against the State Department.He thanked them for approving the visas for the all girls team including other countries.

The team will attend the FIRST Global Challenge, an annual robotics competition in Washington D.C. The competition brings together worldwide students and sheds light on global challenges as well as the importance of STEM education. Sestak said the State Department was a "star player" in the entire process of coordinating travel for the competing teams, but he had no direct knowledge of Trump's involvement.

A senior administration official said Donald Trump then raised the issue with his security advisor while at the G20 summit in Germany, and asked if there were additional measures that could've been taken.

In a latest development, the president's daughter, Ivanka Trump, tweeted her support on Wednesday, saying she looked forward to welcoming "this brilliant team of Afghan girls" to Washington next week.

First Global was founded by Dean Kamen, the prolific inventor behind the Segway, to promote the value of education in science, technology, engineering and math.

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