Scholarship News

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.

Getting more college financial aid doesn’t have to be a relentless search. Scholarships.com is totally free. Connect with our massive database of millions of college scholarships at any time by searching for awards in a variety of ways. Scholarships.com offers the quickest and easiest way to search for, apply to, and win college scholarships. Start making your college education affordable or perhaps even free, by conducting a free college scholarship search at Scholarships.com.

ADVERTISEMENT

Discuss

Share your thoughts and perhaps thousands of students will benefit from your unique insight on the subject!



If you can read this, don't touch the following fields


 

carolyne kimaiyo  on  9/28/2016 11:23:53 AM commented:

. i would like to apply for a scolarship in us for further studied

Omanche sabo  on  9/20/2016 4:55:59 AM commented:

I made all my subject,and i am searching for free scholarship.i want help.

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.

ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
ADVERTISEMENT
When students hear back from colleges in the coming weeks, they may not get a firm acceptance or rejection, but rather get put on the wait list. Getting waitlisted is a normal part of the college admissions process, but some experts say that this year the wait list could turn into the longest it has ever been. A combination of the effects of the coronavirus on colleges, changes in application policies and an increase in applications at top colleges may contribute to a difficult wait list period.

The Longest Wait List Ever? What to Expect

March 31, 2021 3:09 PM
by Izzy Hall
When students hear back from colleges in the coming weeks, they may not get a firm acceptance or rejection, but rather get put on the wait list. Getting waitlisted is a normal part of the college
Spring has officially begun! Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Spring means flowers and rainstorms. It’s also the time that brings college acceptances and decisions! That’s why spring is a great time to apply for scholarships. These April scholarship opportunities will springboard you to college savings! Check out the following scholarships, and be sure to try a free scholarship search today to discover customized scholarship results that can help you pay for college.

Put a Spring in Your Step with April Scholarships

March 23, 2021 2:58 PM
by Izzy Hall
Spring has officially begun! Days are getting longer and the weather is getting warmer. Spring means flowers and rainstorms. It’s also the time that brings college acceptances and decisions! That’s
International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8, during Women’s History Month. At Scholarships.com, we know that today’s young women can become tomorrow’s leaders – and that for many, going to college is the first big step in their lives as independent adults. To all the young women who are current high schools senior attending college next fall, check out the scholarships below for opportunities that can help you pay for college!

Class of 2021 Scholarships for International Women's Day

March 9, 2021 1:30 PM
by Izzy Hall
International Women’s Day takes place every year on March 8, during Women’s History Month. At Scholarships.com, we know that today’s young women can become tomorrow’s leaders – and that for many,
March is the first month students may hear back from colleges they applied to during regular admission. Whether an acceptance letter comes in the mail or through an online portal, the excitement of being accepted into college is tangible. What may be less tangible is understanding how you and your family will pay for college. A new best-selling book aims to help untangle the process.

Book Shines Light on Navigating College Costs

March 4, 2021 4:00 PM
by Izzy Hall
March is the first month students may hear back from colleges they applied to during regular admission. Whether an acceptance letter comes in the mail or through an online portal, the excitement of
Back in September, a few colleges who had already adopted a test-optional policy for the current admissions cycle announced that they would be awarding merit scholarships without the need for applicants to submit test scores. Since then, more and more colleges and universities have quietly adopted test-optional merit aid policies to complement their currently test-optional admissions.

More Schools Adopting Test-Optional Merit Aid

March 2, 2021 1:22 PM
by Izzy Hall
Back in September, a few colleges who had already adopted a test-optional policy for the current admissions cycle announced that they would be awarding merit scholarships without the need for
Here at Scholarships.com, we connect students with scholarships that can help alleviate the amount of student loans they need to take out to pay for college. But there are colleges out there that offer students such generous financial aid packages that they need to take out very little in loans if at all. These “no student loans” colleges replace student loans in financial aid packages with additional scholarships and grants to help fund a student’s tuition. Students accepted into these schools will pay much less than the cost of tuition and thus will not be as burdened with student debt.

Avoid Student Debt at Colleges with No Student Loans

February 25, 2021 2:08 PM
by Izzy Hall
Here at Scholarships.com, we connect students with scholarships that can help alleviate the amount of student loans they need to take out to pay for college. But there are colleges out there that