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Foreign Students to Face Ideological Test for Entry into U.S?


August 16, 2016
by Susan Dutca-Lovell
Republican POTUS candidate Donald J. Trump proposed establishing an ideological test for those entering the United States, as well as temporarily suspending visa processing from areas that are known for exporting terrorism. If such a program were activated, the screening could potentially impact many students and other nonimmigrant visas and have major implications for higher education; the United States hosted 103,307 students from the Middle East and North Africa in 2014-2015 alone.

Republican POTUS candidate Donald J. Trump proposed establishing an "ideological test" for those entering the United States, as well as temporarily suspending visa processing from areas that are known for "exporting terrorism." If such a program were activated, the screening could potentially impact many students and other nonimmigrant visas and have "major implications" for higher education; the United States hosted 103,307 students from the Middle East and North Africa in 2014-2015 alone.

During a recent speech at Youngstown State University, Trump proposed his idea of "extreme vetting" due to the perceived threat posed by Islamic terrorists. The idea is to "screen out all members of the sympathizers of terrorist groups" including people with "hostile attitudes toward [the U.S.] and its principles" and people who "believe that sharia law should supplant American law." Furthermore, individuals who don't believe in the Constitution or who support bigotry and hatred would be vetted.

To accomplish this, the Departments of Homeland Security and State would identify "regions where adequate screening cannot take place" and stop processing visas in those areas until a later time. Only people who are expected to "flourish in our country" and "embrace a tolerant American society" would be admitted into the States.

Foreign students who come to the U.S. on F, J, or M visas currently undergo a vetting process and are monitored after they arrive through the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System. Currently, U.S. naturalization law requires individuals to adhere to U.S. Constitutional principles and "rejects advocates of ideological positions." Trumps' campaign advocates claim that "while we can't choose our friends, we must always recognize our enemies," and his initiatives are representative of this concept. On the other hand, some critics say it violates American and academic principles and could pose a "threat to the ability of American universities to enroll the best students they find from around the globe." Do you believe that this vetting should be implemented or not? Tell us why in the comment box below.

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Mireya Ayala  on  8/19/2016 5:16:39 PM commented:

@ Angel Barrientos - There is nothing wrong with vetting potential immigrants. If a person doesn't believe in individual rights, then they have NO BUSINESS being welcomed into a free country. In the Islamic world, there are very sizable percentages of the population that believe individuals who convert away from Islam should be executed...or that women have NO RIGHT to decide about whether or not they can dress as they wish...or that women can be executed by their fathers or brothers for reasons of "honor." The U.S. should vet those individuals and restrict their entry into this country.

Larry F  on  8/17/2016 1:14:29 PM commented:

It is a brilliant idea. Many, perhaps most U.S. citizens couldn't care less how potential foreign students are impacted when as compared to existential security and safety concerns. The vetting should be implemented.

Steve Kirkpatrick  on  8/17/2016 7:59:48 AM commented:

I think it is a great idea, because the younger minds are most easily influenced. Schools need to be proactive too, and report any radical issues discovered with all students. During the 50's and 60's the government kept communists out of the country, it should do the same with students that have radical anti American ideas. If the students are found to be anti American, then they shouldn't be allowed any sort of visa's.

Alexandra Popp  on  8/17/2016 7:27:21 AM commented:

There are probably more pros than cons to this. He has said some outrageous stuff but wanting to protect the USA isn't a bad idea

Yassin Mutasim Omara  on  8/16/2016 6:08:17 PM commented:

Yes, everyone should be vitting wheather Muslims , jewish. i would recommend alves and simile records before entring country

Angel Barrientos  on  8/16/2016 4:44:36 PM commented:

This "vetting" process that trump speaks of goes against the whole principle of the United States of America the land of the "free" .I personally would love to say that phrase without the quotation marks but if this vetting becomes true then we are giving up our freedom to be ourselves.

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