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Migration Enforcement Agency Discourages Funds for Its Own Work

January 2, 2013
By David North

In this Backgrounder & Report, David North writes that would-be Wall Street bomber Quazi Mohammed Nafis had a student visa, as did Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzad, and as did the 9/11 pilots Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi 11 years earlier.

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In this Backgrounder & Report, David North writes that would-be Wall Street bomber Quazi Mohammed Nafis had a student visa, as did Times Square bomber Faisal Shahzadand as did the 9/11 pilots Mohamed Atta and Marwan Al-Shehhi 11 years earlier.  Perhaps it is time to look a little more closely at the sleepy agency that regulates the educational bodies that play host to foreign students, the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP).

SEVP is a subset of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which, in turn, is part of the Department of Homeland Security. An educational institution cannot cause the admission of aliens without getting the general authority to do so from SEVP. ICE is also supposed to stop the operations of visa mills, store-front entities that collect tuition from aliens in exchange for visas, but do not, in fact, offer any education. It turns out that SEVP is an immigration enforcement agency that sometimes complains about a lack of funds to do its job, but that consistently refuses to spend money allocated to it, and refuses to raise the fees that would solve its own funding problems. The author concludes that SEVP is failing to do its duty and should be scrutinized more.  

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