According to an article on losangeleschronicle.com: “Newspapers are reporting today that during the official Q&A session following the Chicago bid for the Olympic Games, I.O.C. member, Syed Shahid Ali, from Pakistan, asked President Obama how smooth it would be for foreigners to enter the United States for the Olympic Games because doing so can sometimes be ‘a rather harrowing experience.'”
Entering the United States can be a nightmare for many international travelers. Recently some international celebrities have been denied visas or subjected to secondary inspection. The news makes the international press and some people around the world decide not to visit or do business in the US unless they absolutely have to.
Imagine the mess if olympic athletes were denied entry to the US to compete in the games…an international embarassment to say the least. Perhaps we should wait until our immigration system is fixed prior to making another attempt at “welcoming” foreign visitors.
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