YEP says: Trump’s travel ban ruling shows no common sense.

Tony Day has been refused a visa to America to visit his dying sister Christine Hutchinson, pictured at his home at Burmantofts, Leeds...6th February 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
Tony Day has been refused a visa to America to visit his dying sister Christine Hutchinson, pictured at his home at Burmantofts, Leeds...6th February 2018 ..Picture by Simon Hulme
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The story of Mr Day’s anxious wait to find out if he can travel to the US to see his sister is probably one of hundreds of similar ones.

This is the human cost of strict visa rules to the US - rules which pre-date Trump’s controversial “Muslim Ban”, so-called because of the countries affected.

British citizens do not have to apply for a full visa to visit the States and Mr Day could be forgiven for thinking that he would be granted a visa waiver.

The circumstances of his visit are clear - this is an 82-year-old man who wishes to see his elderly and ill sister for what will probably be the last time. But it is his visits to members of his extended family in Kurdistan which have caused the problems and are the reason why the waiver has been refused and why he now has to go through the process of a full visa application. Mr Day has spent two decades helping Kurds in Leeds - many of whom will have been driven from their home country by civil war and sectarian violence. He understands the principle of preventing terrorism but he, and we, find the ruling in this case a victory for red tape over common sense.

It seems so unnecessary to put him through an extra journey to London and a full visa interveiew, and we hope a swift decision can be made to grant him his visa - and his wish to see his beloved sister.

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