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I am sorry to hear about this situation. If you have something that may give USCIS/ICE/CBP authorities pause (a criminal record, a possibility of working while on a tourist visa which is not allowed, a possibility of wanting to stay permanently, etc), then The Visa Waiver Permit may be denied (when applying via ESTA, which is the online method used for the Visa Waiver Permit).
If this happens, then there is no "reconsideration." Do not worry however, you can and still should be able to get a tourist visa. You'd simply have to apply for the B2 tourist visa, which is done at your nearest US Consulate/Embassy. The B2 tourist visa is a 6 month visa with a one-time extension optional (whereas the VWP is for 90 days only with no extension). See HERE.
At the B2 interview, you can explain and "smooth out" any situation that ESTA red-flagged you for.
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