Friday, March 25, 2005

FOREIGN STUDENT VISA LOOPHOLES

From Full Disclosure Archives (Part 1)
Program #315
Taped: November 8, 2001


Los Angeles, CA—Loopholes created by the U. S. Congress in 1996 made it possible for foreign students to disappear, unaccounted for, throughout the United States without prior background checks, or verification that they ever showed up for classes. This is according to Jim White, Legal Counsel with UCLA’s International Student Services who participated in a Full Disclosure interview that was originally videotaped on November 8, 2001, three weeks following the 9/11 Terrorist attack on the World Trade Center Towers in New York. The program is part one of two-part Full Disclosure cable television program to be released on the Internet for the first time on Monday, March 28, 2005.

White also described how the over half a million Foreign Students in the United States could vanish without any paperwork or notification to the U. S. Immigration authorities. He told Emmy Award winning Full Disclosure host Leslie Dutton “sometimes I see documents come back from the INS Central Data Base indicating their records show a particular student at our school, and upon checking, we find that the student never showed up. I don’t know if it’s an oversight or intentional”.

Also, appearing on the program is Richard Knickerbocker, Constitutional Attorney who represented former UCLA Deputy Registrar David Bradford whose lawsuit challenged UCLA’s policy of certifying illegal aliens as legal residents to qualify for “in state” tuition. Knickerbocker predicted in the Bradford case that Foreign Students could bring in drugs and criminals could enter the country under the guise of student visas, and that they would come without any intention of returning to their homelands.

Full Disclosure interviews over the past twelve years have documented the problems encountered in the immigration and criminal justice system from the broad perspectives of law enforcement, judiciary, public defenders and criminal defense attorneys.

This part one of the program is set to air world-wide on the Internet 24 hours a day, 7 days a week starting on Monday, March 28, 2005 right here on our website at http://www.fulldisclosure.net

UPDATE: March 28, 2005:
Congress To Weaken Foreign Student Security?
"Those seeking to study in science and engineering [have faced] major delays in receiving their visas because of security clearances,"
said Dale Kildee of Michigan, the ranking Democrat on the 21st-Century Competitiveness Subcommittee.
"We have to redouble our efforts to process [visas] more quickly. The potential impact is huge" if students decide to study elsewhere."
The United States should preserve its flow of talented international students into the country while also maintaining adequate safeguards against potential terrorists,
said subcommittee Chairman Howard (Buck) McKeon, R-Calif.

The full story can be found here at: http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0305/031705tdpm1.htm

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