Tanzanians are concerned that they are not being allowed to enter the United States, after the US visa office rejected a Tanzanese man who sought asylum there.
The man was seeking political asylum after spending several years in the country and was rejected by US immigration authorities in January.
The Tanzan National Council said the man’s family had requested the US embassy in the capital Addis Ababa to allow him to return to his country.
We cannot return to the United Kingdom because of the visa issue, they are trying to get it through the visa office,” the Tanzan Immigration Ministry spokesman Tamer Mohamed said.
“I think the US should allow him [the Tanzan man] to come here.
He should not be detained here.”
The US State Department said in a statement that it “is continuing to closely monitor developments” of the Tanzon case.
“As we have said in the past, the United State will continue to provide support to the Tanzans family, including providing medical treatment and repatriation funds,” the statement said.
Tanzan immigration minister Mohamed Ibrahim told Al Jazeera that the Tanzeris had asked for political asylum in the United Nations, but that US officials were not following their request.
“It is up to the US to provide them with the necessary documentation, we have the right to do that, but we cannot do that because of their decision to deny us the right of political asylum,” he said.
A spokesman for the US State department said the State Department had no comment on the case and that “there has been no change in our policy to deny political asylum”.
“Our policy is that people seeking asylum are treated humanely,” spokesman Robert Gibbs told reporters.
The US embassy has confirmed the Tanzoans’ request, but said it would not be taking any action until it received the necessary documents.
Tanzo immigration minister Ibrahim said he was optimistic that the US would reconsider its decision.
“The US is a country that’s been around for hundreds of years, it has an international reputation, it is a strong country, so the US will not change its position,” he told Aljazeera.
“But it is not clear that the American government will change its policy.
We will see.”
The Tanzoan government said in January that it would begin to process Tanzan asylum requests by the end of this year, and that it expects more to be filed in the coming weeks.