‘Foreign students have highest rate of overstaying US visas’
The US Department of Homeland Security said that approximately 739 000 immigrants had overstayed their visas last year alone. Some 80 000 of those were foreigners claiming to be students.
Published: February 8, 2018, 8:45 am
“Foreign students have one of the highest rates of overstaying visas of any category – much higher even than tourist visas. It’s one of the favorite visas for terrorists to try to obtain, because it offers a longer duration of stay,” said Jessica M. Vaughan, the director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies.
Worse still is that university admission is not a requirement to set foot in the US. Jihadists could easily obtain a student visa via admission from a school to learn English for example, since the area of study may be changed once they set foot in the US.
A visa to study English in the US, may be switched to study nuclear physics, once the student arrives on US soil.
Foreigners have described how they had just entered Europe and that their next destination would be the US. When asked what their experience was like traveling to Europe, the man responded with a tone of gloating in his voice.
“It was very easy,” he told Majid Rafizadeh, a Harvard-educated scholar, political scientist, board member of Harvard International Review, and president of the International American Council on the Middle East.. “We came here on a student visa, and we will be in the US on another student visa!”
“Many Islamists have become adept at manipulating the flaws in the immigration system and have found ways of taking advantage of any legal loopholes,” Rafizadeh noted in an essay published by the Gatestone Institute.
“The breach should concern everyone: any prospective jihadists can easily abuse the immigration system by coming to the US on a student visa. All he needs to do is apply to some US universities, receive a letter of admission, then take it to the closest US embassy as a credible document for obtaining an F-1 student visa.
“Those jihadists who desire to hide their origins or find it more difficult to get into the US universities, simply get a student visa from a European country; then, after they are in Europe, it is easier to obtain a student visa to move to the US. Unfortunately, some intelligence and immigration officials believe that since these people have already entered Europe, then they are less of a risk because they have ‘passed’ some security screening.
But Rafizadeh explained that the background screening of these jihadists was mostly inadequate, and even “pathetic”. He said it was “extremely difficult, if not impossible”, to obtain any genuine information on their background.
“A few minutes of an interview in the embassy, a quick review of the applications, and an ineffective check of the names against the normally outdated database of people of concern, are totally insufficient tools to detect whoever wants to come to the US to support Islamist groups, commit terrorism, or harm Americans.”
The Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) – an agency of the U.S. Department of Justice until 2003 – admitted that there were too many visas granted each year which made it impossible to check the background of every single applicant.
There is also no mechanism to check whether they are attending their schools or not, and no one is really actively monitoring their actions or whereabouts.
All rights reserved. You have permission to quote freely from the articles provided that the source (www.freewestmedia.com) is given. Photos may not be used without our consent.
Keep your language polite. Readers from many different countries visit and contribute to Free West Media and we must therefore obey the rules in, for example, Germany. Illegal content will be deleted.
If you have been approved to post comments without preview from FWM, you are responsible for violations of any law. This means that FWM may be forced to cooperate with authorities in a possible crime investigation.
If your comments are subject to preview by FWM, please be patient. We continually review comments but depending on the time of day it can take up to several hours before your comment is reviewed.
We reserve the right to delete comments that are offensive, contain slander or foul language, or are irrelevant to the discussion.
WashingtonUS senators from both main parties are preparing additional sanctions against Russia, despite the Senate Intelligence Committee having uncovered no direct evidence of collusion between the President Trump's campaign and Russia.
WashingtonThe alleged Russian influence campaign - or meddling - in US elections never happened but was used to smear Russia and undermine the election of President Donald Trump.
RomeItalian Deputy Foreign Minister on Monday joined indignation expressed by Russia and China over efforts to meddle in crisis-hit Venezuela after the EU Parliament also voted, in a non-legislative resolution, to recognise opposition leader Juan Guaido as interim president of the oil-rich nation.
WashingtonAmerican mainstream media reported this week that a group of white school children harassed a group of Native American, black and minority adults when footage of the interaction shows that the exact opposite happened.
BrasiliaNew Brazilian President Jair Bolsonaro announced the withdrawal from the UN Global Compact on Migration as he had promised to do earlier.
WashingtonThe US government shutdown has continued for 18 days. Now defense contractors and lobbyists are starting to worry that it could be bad for Israel.
WashingtonThe United States' national defense hierarchy is, for the first time in history, largely run by women. According to mainstream MSNBC, women have taken over the US military-industrial complex.
Facebook monitors billions of posts per day in over 100 languages. The company’s solution is a network of ideologically-minded workers that ban content with the help of PowerPoint slides. That sadly does not include child porn on third-party apps.
New YorkColumbia University student Julian von Abele, whose comments on Twitter about white people went viral earlier this week, released a statement on Tuesday defending himself.
SantiagoChile has joined the growing exodus from the United Nations Migration Compact. It has become the latest country to withdraw, President's Sebastian Pinera's administration announced.