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Did US Immigration Policies Affect Chicago’s Chance to Host Olympics?

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The question raised by NY Times and other media publications is whether current US Immigration policies and US Passport Control played a part in Chicago’s loss to host the US Olympics in 2016.

One of the most difficult question that was posed to the 10 person Chicago bid team, that included President Obama, was by an I.O.C. member from Pakistan who asked what kind of welcome would visitors get when they arrived in the U.S. to attend the Olympic games and he commented that entering the United States can be “a rather harrowing experience”.

Although President Obama in reply said, “one of the legacies I want to see is a reminder that America at its best is open to the world,” it may not have been convincing enough for the I.O.C. team and resulted in Chicago being eliminated in the first round in it’s bid to host the 2016 Olympics.

Do you think the US needs to reform its entry process and passport control procedures so as to make international travellers feel more welcome,  along with having in place a secure system or then do you consider Chicago’s loss a blessing in disguise for the US?

We welcome readers to share their comments and ideas.


Written by MithrasLaw

October 6, 2009 at 2:40 pm

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