Hope you get it in the end but sadly just like anyone else its a double edged sword to declare or not to.
One can declare to your employee and get immediate discrimination and no job, or one can ignore or lie and put food on the table.
One can declare to US and get immediate interview for your entire past and convictions and still get rejected from your lovely holiday or one can ignore or lie and enjoy your holiday.
Lots of post regarding the whole US travel since its the biggest and first place most like to visit even if it is one giant prison, many people don't declare and walk right through some are unlucky and get pulled over since they were sweating or nervous or suspicious or they found something wrong in the luggage etc
Remember lieing on the visa app form is a criminal offense and US will treat you as an criminal afterwards and likely reject you, as was saying double edged sword.