March 10, 2014

Tens of Thousands of Foreign Students Missing

I was recently visiting another college campus when I noticed a whole bunch of foreign students. I brought this up to the person showing me around and they mentioned that they have a big ESL (English as a Second Language) program on campus that they're quite proud of. It's a little known aspect of many schools, but administrators look to foreign students (especially the Chinese, these days) as cash cows. They pay out of state tuition and on top of that do it in cash. They especially love it when these students pass the TOEFL test and then matriculate into graduate programs, which on top of out of the already higher out of state tuition also charge more for tuition generally.

The point? So, we're talking about this when my guide mentions that right after 9/11 they lost a lot of students but they're back up to full numbers now.

The students were from the wealthy Gulf States. UAE, Oman ... Saudi Arabia.

Saudi Arabian students: what could possibly go wrong?

The federal government has lost track of tens of thousands of foreign students who came to the U.S. to study and then took jobs, often in violation of the terms of their visas, according to a new internal audit.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement doesn’t even consistently collect information or have the tools to monitor all of the foreign students who take part in the optional practical training (OPT) program, the Government Accountability Office said in a new report released late Friday.

That's tens of thousands of students they can't account for, not thousands. And we're supposed to trust these people with immigration reform.

By Rusty Shackleford, Ph.D. at 01:41 PM | Comments |