Daily Archives: Sunday, 18-Nov-2001

Senator Dianne Feinstein (D. California) is introducing a bill to address problems
in the U.S. Visa System
. Overall I agree with a lot of what her bill is suggesting. I think it’s time to require immigrants to carry Visas that contain biometric information so that we know the holder is the person described in the document. One part of the bill I have to wonder about though, is that part that does this:


Prohibit persons from obtaining student visas if they come from terrorist supporting states. However, the Secretary of State could waive the ban if the student passes an extensive background check and the Secretary certifies that the student would not pose a threat to national security. In the last 10 years, more than 16,000 students have come from such terrorist supporting states as Iran, Iraq, Sudan, Libya, Syria, North Korea and Cuba.


Now, granted, the student visas are the most abused visas issued but, considering that the terrorist carrying out the 9-11 attack were not from any of these countries, this part may be going just a little too far.