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Why America’s Richest Universities Are Protecting Hate-Filled Foreign Students

Embracing foreign elites by tolerating anti-Semitism on US campuses is part of a plan to turn the deficit-leading DEI category into a profit center

Five weeks after Rutgers University suspended the New Brunswick campus chapter of Students for Justice in Palestine (SJP) on Dec. 11 for violating several university policies, the school reversed its decision and suspended the pro-Hamas group. was revived. To celebrate, SJP members shot a video in classic Palestinian terrorist style. Covering their faces with kaffiyeh, they read out a communiqué that followed a smear against Zionists, followed by a list of demands that the school must meet if it wanted to clear its name. Complicity in genocide.

Since October, American cities and university campuses have become stages for this kind of Middle Eastern performance theater to support Hamas and its murder, torture, and rape of Jews. Performances range from proxy participation in the October 7th pogrom, such as tearing down posters of kidnapped Israelis, to calls for the “globalization” of Palestinian terrorism “from New York to Gaza” and the annihilation of Hamas and Muslims. This ranges from outright expressions of support. Jews “from the river to the sea” “by any means necessary” to avoid confusion. “There is no greater honor than to die for a noble cause, for justice,” a prominent organizer of the rally in Colombia shouted into a loudspeaker in a thick Arabic accent.

There is also no confusion about the following facts: These rallies are attended by Arab and Muslim students who are passionate supporters of terrorism– often by denying that Hamas and its actions on October 7 constituted “terrorism.” Equally clear is that many of the students leading, organizing, and participating in anti-Semitic and pro-Hamas protests and expressions on college campuses are not American.That means they are not American citizens or even green card holders. Rather, they are foreign passport holders, including from Arab and Islamic countries, determined to take advantage of America's educational infrastructure while bringing the passions and prejudices of their home countries to American campuses.

American universities are making some very smart deals, or some very reprehensible deals. Increase profits and achieve quotas.

surely, Universities acknowledge the obvious fact that many of the leaders of protests on campus are international studentsHere they are on limited educational visas, the way they chose to deal with the protests in Gaza. Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced early on that students who occupy lecture halls, prevent other students from attending class, or otherwise violate school policies and guidelines may be suspended for their actions. I was warned that there would be.But it quickly became cThere are no serious consequences for violating it. When the students continued their demands, MIT only suspended a few from “non-academic campus activities.”of explanation MIT President Sally Kornbluth said her decision was clear: “I have serious concerns about the collateral consequences for students, including visa issues.”

In short, Kornbluth's statement is that foreign students violate school policy, but if they are suspended or expelled, they will not be able to remain in the country. Therefore, MIT refrained from disciplining these students. To keep them enrolled.

Kornbluth's concerns were well-founded. The law applies to international students and other nonresident aliens living in the United States who support terrorist organizations such as Hamas. Since October, leading Republican lawmakers have been reminding the public of these laws. Rep. Jim Banks (R-Ind.) and Rep. Jeff Duncan (South Carolina) led 17 other House Republicans in calling Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and Secretary of State Antony Blinken “unlawful.” “Requesting information regarding possible stays.” A nonimmigrant alien who supported terrorist activities was arrested on U.S. soil. ” The letter explained the relevant laws as follows:

Student visa applicants, like all nonimmigrant visa applicants, must qualify under the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA) to receive visa approval. These persons are subject to broad disqualification under Section 212(a) of the INA.

Section 212(a)(3)(B)(i)(VII) of the INA states: “Aliens who support or support terrorist activities, support or support terrorist activities, or persuade others to support terrorist organizations will not be admitted to the country.”

If the visa was “issued before DHS has established evidence of the visa holder's ineligibility under INA s.212(a)(3)B),” the lawmakers further stated, “the individual must immediately He should have his visa revoked and be deported immediately.” procedure. ”

It could also be argued that there are ideological reasons why schools do not take action against foreign students. After all, “Palestine” has found its place at the heart of progressive “intersectionality.” But there are also strong material incentives for universities not to comply with the law.

The average percentage of international students at Ivy League schools enrolled in fall 2023 is approximately 15%. The overall international share will be even higher. Currently, one-quarter of Harvard students are international students. At MIT, it's nearly a third.

The scheme is It is a recent innovation, materialized between 2004 and 2014, that allows U.S. taxpayers to award more than 25% of the admissions capacity of the most prestigious U.S. universities to foreign students, and that frees up college DEI rhetoric. It helps to do. Georgetown's international share of freshmen nearly quadrupled from 3 percent in 2004 to 11 percent a decade later, with similar numbers at Berkeley and Yale. Yale's undergraduate enrollment growth during this decade was driven almost entirely by foreigners. During the same period, the number of international students enrolling at Ivy League schools increased by 46%.

The reason behind this increase is The simple reality is that only a relatively small number of Americans can afford the daunting tuition fees that American universities steal from the domestic market. Foreign students are an important source of funding for American universities, both public and private, because the vast majority are children of wealthy foreign elites or receive direct government aid. These students often pay full or near full tuition and board, helping public universities make ends meet in the face of budget cuts. More broadly, it increases revenue by helping fill federally funded programs based on racial and ethnic quotas.

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