An overview of the SEVIS program and the U.S.A. PATRIOT act for clamping down on foreign students.
# 46984 | 978 words | 4 sources | MLA | 2004 |
Published on Jan 27, 2004 in Hot Topics (Terror and 9/11) , Political Science (Terrorism) , Education (General) , Public Administration (General) , Hot Topics (Immigration)
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This paper examines how there are two troubling initiatives coming out of Washington, D.C., regarding foreign students. One is the SEVIS (Student Exchange Visitor Information System) program, and the other is the U.S.A. PATRIOT (Uniting and Strengthening America by Providing Appropriate Tools Required to Intercept and Obstruct Terrorism) Act. It discusses how, while there may be some legitimacy, post-9/11, in seeking to keep tabs on students who might be terrorists, it can also be considered a system of racial profiling that singles out and criminalizes international students in the U.S.
From the Paper:"There have been abuses of the sort SEVIS seeks to stem, which probably helped both before and after 9/11 to influence politicians to tighten standards for foreign study in the U.S. Chaleampon Ritthichai, writing in the Gotham Gazette, revealed the story of Lek Supaluk. Supalak thought she could make more money by working in the U.S. after college than by returning to Thailand, and she could find no employer to sponsor her working visa. So she bought an I-20, the form that allows foreigners to apply for student visas. She enrolled in a language school, but never attended. SEVIS means her luck might be running out. Peter Pachter, Director of Overseas Students and American Language Communication Center in Manhattan, said, ?There were rules and regulations that students had to comply with but the INS never seemed to follow through with the enforcement.?"
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