Obama administration denies a visa to the sole Christian member of Iraqi minorities
The nun was part of a group of representatives Iraqi of minorities, including Muslims from various Shia communities, slated to come to Washington for meetings with government officials. Every member of this delegation was granted a visa except this one nun.
Who happens to be the only Christian from Iraq in the group.
The U.S. consulate in Erbil told Sister Diana Momeka of the Dominican Sisters of Saint Catherine that her application for a visa had been denied. The reason given in the denial letter is:
"You were not able to demonstrate that your intended activities in the United States would be consistent with the classification of the visa."Sister Diana said consular officer Christopher Patch told her she was denied because she is an “IDP” or Internally Displaced Person. This is State Department bureau-babble for someone who might be intending to stay in the U.S.--which of course would constitute illegal immigration, which is strictly forbidden.
Well, forbidden unless you're part of a favored minority, like Mexicans or natives of Central America.
Sister Diana wanted to visit for one week in mid-May. She had meetings set up with the Senate and House foreign-relations committees, the State Department, USAID and other organizations. Unlike those who sneak across the border, she was officially on the government's radar.
The Obama administration implies that the IDP designation disqualifies an applicant from getting a visa. But last October a delegation of IDP Yazidis were given visas to come to Washington to speak. Figure out the difference.
Officially, of course, State Department policy is that “every overseas post and domestic bureau will seek opportunities to engage religious leaders.” Unless you're a Christian in Iraq.
H/T National Review