Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Bob Beckel on 'The Five' on Fox News suggests cutting off Muslim students coming into the US for awhile

4/23/13, "Where's the Outrage Over Beckel's Rant?" RushLimbaugh transcript

"RUSH: Investigators are saying that the Boston bombers were motivated by radical websites.  They were motivated by religion.  But we don't know why they did it.  But that's what they were motivated by.  Everybody's trying to figure out why and how they were radicalized.  Well, yesterday afternoon [4/22] on Fox, they had this program called The Five, and there are five people on at five o'clock.  That's the name of the program.  And Bob Beckel, well-known Democrat strategerist, Bob Beckel ran Walter F. Mondull's campaign in 1984.  Bob Beckel said this:

BECKEL:  In the Muslim communities around the world, they do not like us. I think we really have to consider -- given the fact so many people hate us -- that we're going to have to cut off Muslim students from coming to this country for some period of time so that we can at least absorb what we've got. Look at what we've got, and decide whether some of the people here should be sent back home or sent to prison.

RUSH:  Has there been any reaction to this that you have seen or heard?  Now, if Pat Buchanan had said this or if I had said this yesterday, or if Senator Jeff Sessions had said it or if Rand Paul had said it or if John Boehner had said it, or if George W. Bush at his library opening had said it, if any Republican had said, "We need to send these Muslims back home. We need to consider the fact we have to cut off Muslim students coming to this country." I'm stunned.  I've had cable news on all day.  They've had nobody outraged at what Beckel said.  CAIR hasn't said anything, Council on Arab-American Islamic Relations.  They haven't said anything.  I'm stunned by that.

I mean, why, that's Islamophobic, isn't it?  It's profiling. It's Islamophobic. It's accusatory. It's defamatory. It's hate speech. It's insulting. It's presumptuous. It's not the way we do things here in America.  It's anti-diversity, mean, judgmental, prejudicial, unfair, unjust, immoral, not useful, unhelpful, harmful.  And there's no reaction to this.  Okay, the Huffing and Puffington Post did.  Big whoop.  Who heard about it?  Just like when FDR said, "You know what, we're gonna put these Japanese in these communes or get rid of 'em," you could hear the crickets.  Then Beckel says (imitating Beckel), "I don't know, I think we need to cut off Muslim students coming in the country, at least for some period of time, maybe send 'em back home, or prison."...I don't know.  I'm just fascinated by it."


Bush did it:

"The Saudi scholarship grew out of a meeting in 2005 between Crown Prince (now King) Abdullah, and President George W. Bush."

1/15/13,  "Saudi students flood U.S. colleges for English lessons," USA Today, Marklein

"In just seven years, Saudi student enrollments have skyrocketed from 11,116 in 2006, to 71,026 last year (2012), according to the Saudi Arabian Cultural Mission to the United States, the Virginia-based agency that administers the scholarship. Nearly all recipients (95%) start with language training, which can take anywhere from a month to a year or more, officials say.

The infusion of full-paying international students has been a boon for cash-strapped U.S. colleges. ...

The Saudi scholarship grew out of a meeting in 2005 between Crown Prince (now King) Abdullah, and President George W. Bush as a way to strengthen ties — and ease tensions — between the two countries in the wake of the 2001 terrorist attacks.

Saudi scholarship students can receive up to a five-year visa. The scholarship covers full tuition, housing and health benefits for students and family members. All that, plus round-trip tickets home once a year. After language training, business and engineering are the top fields of study....

Even so, the arrangement doesn't sit well with skeptics, who argue for stricter visa policies. Fifteen of the 19 hijackers in the Sept. 11 attacks were from Saudi Arabia; and one had entered the USA with student visas.

In 2011, after a Saudi engineering student was charged in a failed plot to bomb U.S. targets, Investor's Business Daily repeated its concern that a new initiative for Saudi students opened the door for terrorist attacks. "How many will overstay their visas and become sleeper agents?"
Programs for international students have recently come under greater federal scrutiny. In 2010, Congress tightened rules for English-language programs after an investigation found that a for-profit language school in Florida served as a front for the sale of fraudulent student visa applications. Last year, a federal report urged U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to strengthen oversight of the Homeland Security program that oversees compliance with a student-visa system. Recently, immigration officials have raised concerns that some colleges might be mishandling documentation for students accepted into an academic program on the condition that they first complete language studies.

Some schools mention only the academic degree program on federal forms, a practice that is "essentially defrauding the immigration requirements" and potentially "defeating the purpose" of a student tracking system, says Ernestine Fobbs, a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement."...via Atlas Shrugs


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