Emirates029
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US Govt Wants Visas For Brits Of Pakistani Origin

Thu May 03, 2007 6:47 pm

How politically incorrect is this.

British and US officials today denied a report that the US was seeking ways of imposing entry restrictions for visiting Britons of Pakistani origin, following a spate of UK bomb plots involving citizens with links to Pakistan.

The report in the New York Times, quoted unnamed British officials as saying that the US had put several options on the table, including a cancellation of the existing visa waiver programme, which allows British tourists to visit without a visa, or a requirement that British Pakistanis would have to apply for visas.

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The US homeland security secretary, Michael Chertoff, had raised the issue with the British government in recent months, the article said.

http://www.guardian.co.uk/pakistan/Story/0,,2070889,00.html

What do you think? Is it a fair proposal, given that the terrorists were largely of Pakistani origin, or is it just racist?
 
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RE: US Govt Wants Visas For Brits Of Pakistani Origin

Thu May 03, 2007 6:58 pm

They've flatly denied this, calling it "abhorrent" to discriminate on the basis of an ethnic group. Be fair, it's one thing to put up a story like this, but you also need to put their response as well.
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RE: US Govt Wants Visas For Brits Of Pakistani Origin

Thu May 03, 2007 7:08 pm

As Paul Harvey says, and now you know the rest of the story:

From the cited source:

""British and US officials today denied a report that the US was seeking ways of imposing entry restrictions for visiting Britons of Pakistani origin, following a spate of UK bomb plots involving citizens with links to Pakistan.""

""A Foreign Office spokesman said: "The New York Times story that the UK and US are considering requiring British citizens of Pakistani origin to apply for US visas is incorrect.""

"" . . . denied, however, that the US is either planning to cancel the whole waiver system for the UK or single out Britons of Pakistani origin by requiring them to make visa applications. In fact he said, the US is seeking to extend the waiver programme to other European countries.""
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RE: US Govt Wants Visas For Brits Of Pakistani Origin

Thu May 03, 2007 7:40 pm

Huh?

Quoting Emirates029 (Thread starter):
British and US officials today denied a report that the US was seeking ways of imposing entry restrictions for visiting Britons of Pakistani origin

So how's this a "proposal"?!
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Banco
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RE: US Govt Wants Visas For Brits Of Pakistani Origin

Thu May 03, 2007 7:42 pm

Quoting Aloges (Reply 3):
So how's this a "proposal"?!

I think the report's been updated to reflect the denial.
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RE: US Govt Wants Visas For Brits Of Pakistani Origin

Thu May 03, 2007 8:38 pm

Perhaps this was a internal US State Dept. or Homeland Security proposal that leaked out to the media.
Pakistan is the main portal country for access to Afghanistan, al-Quada has significant support in part of Pakistan, a small number of Pakistanis in that country and in the UK are supportive of anti-USA views. The UK is a current visa waiver country and if a UK citizen, an easy way for those who want to be terrorists to enter the USA. Of course it could set a dangerous standard. Some persons of Pakistani heritage were born or have lived since childhood in the UK. Would you have to do this to any one under those circumstances from any other heavily Islamic country? What about potential terrorists who are of western heritage and converts (think of Richard Reid) - it wouldn't cover them.
The bureaucratic nightmare this possible law for most travelers to the USA and that it wouldn't really work anyway probably lead to dropping this proposal.

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