Sunday, May 5, 2013

Foreign Students to Face New Checks at U.S. Borders

As expected, the Boston Marathon bombing is having adverse immigration consequences.  Julia Preston of the New York Times reports that the Department of Homeland Security has ordered new security checks for all foreign students entering the United States. The new check has been added because authorities discovered that a noncitizen friend of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev, the surviving suspect in the Boston Marathon bombings, had left the United States and returned in January using a student visa that should have been canceled because he was no longer enrolled at the University of Massachusetts Dartmouth. The friend, Azamat Tazhayakov, is one of two students from Kazakhstan who were arrested Wednesday, accused of covering up evidence of Tsarnaev’s role in the bombings.

AP further reports that "Sen. Charles Grassley, R-Iowa, asked Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano on Thursday for details from the student-visa applications of Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev, the Kazakhstan students implicated in helping Tsarnaev after the bombings, including information about how Tazhayakov re-entered the United States. In a follow-up letter sent Friday, he asked Napolitano for additional details on SEVIS records and the student visa program."


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