Over 100,000 Muslim Foreign Students at U.S. Universities, Not Vetted for Jihadist Sympathies

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Tom Tancredo
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9 January 2016
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National News
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Over the fifteen year period since the terrorist attacks of 2001, the number of foreign students enrolled in American colleges and universities increased 72 percent.
During this same period, the number of students from Saudi Arabia grew by 1,000 percent and the number from the 19 nations of the Middle East and North Africa more than tripled.
Should we be concerned about the rapidly expanding Muslim foreign student population at our universities? Should we assume that since Saudi Arabia is an ally in the region, its students will be immune to jihadist recruitment? Have we forgotten that a majority of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudis, not Syrians, Sudanese, or Egyptians?
It’s true that among the top ten nations sending foreign students to the U.S., Saudi Arabia ranks only fourth behind China, India and South Korea.
But it ranks number one in the rate of increase in that student population. In the most recent year, the number grew by 11.5 percent from 2014 to 2015. Among Muslim nations, only Turkey saw a decline in 2015 in the number of students sent to the U.S. for graduate and undergraduate study...
Americans are justifiably proud that our universities attract huge numbers of foreign students, and the universities are delighted at the billions in tuition dollars the foreign students bring. The total for the 2014-15 academic year was just short of one million — 974,926. We know the annual numbers courtesy of the U.S. State Department’s annual “Open Door” report, and the number actually exceeds 1,000,000 if we include foreign students admitted to the US on visas other than the F-1...
... to date, the FBI has never been tasked with doing routine background checks on foreign students...
...the issue of infiltration of Islamist radicals into our universities is not a hypothetical question. It is a matter of public record that has already happened.
    Al-Qaeda-linked individuals have been students at American universities and the problem continues to erupt into the headlines as plots are uncovered by the FBI.
    Only two months ago, four university students from Ohio and Illinois were indicted for attempting to channel money to terrorist mastermind Anwar Al-Awlaki in Yemen. Two of the young men were from India, not normally considered a hotbed for terrorist cells.
It would be extremely naive to think they are not a few dozen to be found among the 100,000-plus Muslim students now enjoying “academic pursuits” in Berkeley, Chicago and Los Angeles...
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