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    Lost in America: Visa Program Struggles to Track Missing Foreign Students



    The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished -- exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

    "My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything," said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. "Some of them could be here to do us harm."

    Homeland Security officials disclosed the breadth of the student visa problem in response to ABC News questions submitted as part of an investigation into persistent complaints about the nation’s entry program for students.

    ABC News found that immigration officials have struggled to keep track of the rapidly increasing numbers of foreign students coming to the U.S. -- now in excess of one million each year. The immigration agency’s own figures show that 58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year. Of those, 6,000 were referred to agents for follow-up because they were determined to be of heightened concern.

    “They just disappear,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “They get the visas and they disappear.”

    Coburn said since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, 26 student visa holders have been arrested in the U.S. on terror-related charges.

    Tightening up the student visa program was one of the major recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, after it was determined that the hijacker who flew Flight 77 into the Pentagon, Hani Hanjour, had entered the U.S. on a student visa but never showed up for school.

    Edge said ICE agents are trying to locate every one of the 6,000 missing students, but acknowledged that “we really have a lot more work to do” to tighten up the student visa program.

    Despite repeated concerns raised by Congress, federal immigration officials have also continued to grant schools certification to accept overseas applicants even if the schools lack accreditation, state certification, or any obvious measure of academic rigor.

    There are now more than 9,000 schools on the government approved list. The list includes such top flight American colleges as Harvard and Yale, but it also includes 86 beauty schools, 36 massage schools and nine schools that teach horseshoeing. Foreign students can enter the U.S. on a visa to study acupuncture, hair braiding, or join academies that focus on tennis and golf.

    Once the student arrives in the U.S., it is up to the schools to keep track of the visa-holder’s whereabouts -- and report to the government if they repeatedly miss class.

    That is a serious concern, Coburn said, because a number of for-profit schools appear to have been operating with a primary goal of selling visas, not educating students.

    “We know we have a lot of non-accredited universities that are using this system to bring people in, collect money, and not educate them at all,” said Coburn, who is part of a bi-partisan group of senators that has been trying to tighten controls on student visas. “To me, it’s a mess.”


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    Quote Originally Posted by voivod View Post


    The Department of Homeland Security has lost track of more than 6,000 foreign nationals who entered the United States on student visas, overstayed their welcome, and essentially vanished -- exploiting a security gap that was supposed to be fixed after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks.

    "My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything," said Peter Edge, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official who oversees investigations into visa violators. "Some of them could be here to do us harm."

    Homeland Security officials disclosed the breadth of the student visa problem in response to ABC News questions submitted as part of an investigation into persistent complaints about the nation’s entry program for students.

    ABC News found that immigration officials have struggled to keep track of the rapidly increasing numbers of foreign students coming to the U.S. -- now in excess of one million each year. The immigration agency’s own figures show that 58,000 students overstayed their visas in the past year. Of those, 6,000 were referred to agents for follow-up because they were determined to be of heightened concern.

    “They just disappear,” said Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla. “They get the visas and they disappear.”

    Coburn said since the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, 26 student visa holders have been arrested in the U.S. on terror-related charges.

    Tightening up the student visa program was one of the major recommendations made by the 9/11 Commission, after it was determined that the hijacker who flew Flight 77 into the Pentagon, Hani Hanjour, had entered the U.S. on a student visa but never showed up for school.

    Edge said ICE agents are trying to locate every one of the 6,000 missing students, but acknowledged that “we really have a lot more work to do” to tighten up the student visa program.

    Despite repeated concerns raised by Congress, federal immigration officials have also continued to grant schools certification to accept overseas applicants even if the schools lack accreditation, state certification, or any obvious measure of academic rigor.

    There are now more than 9,000 schools on the government approved list. The list includes such top flight American colleges as Harvard and Yale, but it also includes 86 beauty schools, 36 massage schools and nine schools that teach horseshoeing. Foreign students can enter the U.S. on a visa to study acupuncture, hair braiding, or join academies that focus on tennis and golf.

    Once the student arrives in the U.S., it is up to the schools to keep track of the visa-holder’s whereabouts -- and report to the government if they repeatedly miss class.

    That is a serious concern, Coburn said, because a number of for-profit schools appear to have been operating with a primary goal of selling visas, not educating students.

    “We know we have a lot of non-accredited universities that are using this system to bring people in, collect money, and not educate them at all,” said Coburn, who is part of a bi-partisan group of senators that has been trying to tighten controls on student visas. “To me, it’s a mess.”


    http://abcnews.go.com/Blotter/visa-p...inglePage=true
    This administration is the biggest failure of my lifetime, I have never seen a worse president in my 43 years of life. That being said, we absolutely must scrutinze the fuck out of whomever is coming into this country and why they are here, fuck the ACLU and people who scream discrimination, discrimination keeps us from getting blown up. I don't understand why some people in this country bend over and take it up the ass when we are told that the NSA is listening to every phone call and reading every e-mail but they protest actions like building a massive wall on our southern border, its ridiculous.
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    Massage schools? Good God! What a monumental
    mess.
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    So this has been happening since 2001 but it's all Obama's fault ??? Gotcha .
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    Obama's name wasnt in this thread til you mentioned him. There's plenty to blame him for but this goes to the highest level of the schmucks running the DHS.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Punch View Post
    This administration is the biggest failure of my lifetime, I have never seen a worse president in my 43 years of life. That being said, we absolutely must scrutinze the fuck out of whomever is coming into this country and why they are here, fuck the ACLU and people who scream discrimination, discrimination keeps us from getting blown up. I don't understand why some people in this country bend over and take it up the ass when we are told that the NSA is listening to every phone call and reading every e-mail but they protest actions like building a massive wall on our southern border, its ridiculous.
    I just think this is something that should have been look at being fixed on September 12, 2001
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    Quote Originally Posted by Dick Punch View Post
    This administration is the biggest failure of my lifetime, I have never seen a worse president in my 43 years of life.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cabomiro View Post
    I just think this is something that should have been look at being fixed on September 12, 2001
    Well that was the general intent, I think. But what really happened was more and more layers of useless to near useless beaurocracies were created. Lots of neat photo ops but was anything really accomplished? What's the quote by the Roman general, giving the illusion of progress while in reality only creating confusion and demoralization.
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