United States remains a welcoming and open nation for students

PUBLISHED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 4:23pm
UPDATED : Monday, 13 March, 2017, 9:51pm

I carefully read your feature article (“Faith and fear”, March 8) discussing reactions in Hong Kong’s Muslim community to recent US policy on visas and immigration.

I was particularly worried by the statements of two gentlemen of Pakistani origin that they were reconsidering their plans to study in the United States.

On behalf of the US consulate general Hong Kong and Macau, I want to state to these two gentlemen, specifically, that if they choose to apply for visas to the United States they will be treated with the utmost fairness and respect, regardless of their faith or ethnicity – and regardless of whether they use a passport from Pakistan or from Hong Kong.

I really hope they will apply, and that they will be able to join the many other students from around the world, including a large contingent from Pakistan, who study at our universities every year.

More broadly, I want to reassure your readers that the United States remains an open and welcoming nation, for students, tourists, business visitors and everyone else.

We host more foreign visitors than any other nation. And people who visit the US will continue to discover that the vast majority of Americans are warm-hearted and respectful of diversity in all its forms.

My colleagues and I will continue to meet regularly with Hong Kong’s Muslim community, and others, to discuss these important matters.

Kurt Tong, US consul general Hong Kong and Macau