Tommy Robinson has not been granted a US visa in time to meet with Republican members of Congress in Washington this week, according to an organiser of the meeting.
Tommy is on bail after being charged with contempt of court and has a number of previous convictions in the UK. He was jailed by British authorities in 2013 for using a passport in someone else’s name to travel to the United States from Britain and this may have had a serious impact on him getting the visa.
Daniel Pipes, president of the conservative Philadelphia-based Middle East Forum which invited Robinson to the US, said the British activist recently applied for a visa at the US Embassy in London but now realises it “will take a while” for him to be allowed into the country.
Robinson had planned to attend an event focusing on Islam that seven conservative Republican members of the US House of Representatives convened for Wednesday.
Fifty-five British lawmakers from both major political parties recently wrote to the US secretary of state, Mike Pompeo, requesting that Washington ban Robinson from visiting. They said they were worried he would use a US visa to launch a fundraising tour.
Far Left organisation Hope not Hate spearheaded the attempts to ban him from getting there. Joe Mulhall, a senior researcher at Hope not Hate, said: “The inevitable media coverage that will surround the visit will no doubt lead to an increase in his already significant monthly donations from America.”
Last week PayPal banned Robinson from using its service. Robinson said he had been told he did not fit within the company’s user guidelines and would never be able to use the platform again.
The company said it does not comment on individual accounts but added in a statement: “We do not allow PayPal services to be used to promote hate, violence, or other forms of intolerance that is discriminatory.”
A spokesperson for the US state department said that US law prohibited them from discussing individual visa cases and they could not speculate on whether someone may or may not be eligible for a visa. “Applications are refused if an applicant is found ineligible under the Immigration and Nationality Act or other provisions of US law.”
Tommy is set to visit Australia in December for a five-city speaking tour with the Vice co-founder Gavin McInnes. The pair call themselves The Deplorables, a reference to Hillary Clinton’s name for some of Donald Trump’s supporters.
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