Concerning Student Visas
letter by Dr. Rodin is in response to Senator Feinstein's announcement
introducing legislation to reform the U.S. Student Visa Program.
Specifically this letter responds to the imposition of a six-month
moratorium on the issuance of foreign student visas to give the
INS time to fully develop its foreign student tracking system
and to put into place the necessary infrastructure to detect foreign
students who have violated the terms of their visas.
October 1, 2001
Honorable Dianne Feinstein
331 Hart Senate Office Building
Washington, DC 20510
University of Pennsylvania and the higher education community are
concerned about the possible imposition of a six-month moratorium
on the student visa program.
this time of tragedy everyone is experiencing a heightened awareness
of and commitment to national security. However, we do not believe
that refusing students entry to the United States--or placing prohibitive
restrictions on individuals who wish to study at our world-class
institutions--will serve this interest.
at Penn, and on campuses across the nation, the exchange of ideas
between international students and scholars enhances global understanding
and the learning experiences of our students. Additionally, we believe
it is in the long-term strategic interest of the United States to
keep such programs in place.
respectfully ask that you consider other solutions to the problems
created by admitting international students to U.S. universities.
David Ward, former Chancellor of the University of Wisconsin Madison
and currently president of the American Council on Education, is
leading higher education's effort on this issue. I appreciate your
attention to this important matter.
Almanac, Vol. 48, No. 7, October 9, 2001
October 9, 2001
Volume 48 Number 7