Sunday, October 30, 2005

Over 10,000 Saudi's To School In US Under New Procedures

Yeah, there's new procedures for screening Saudi's to receive visas for school. See, it's ok. The State Department has our back protected. I'm sure absolutely every one of these Saudi "students" will be law abiding students with no malice (like death to me) intended.

I just hope this "New Procedure" includes at least a verification of the address used by the visa applicant. I mean I'd hope that oh a hotel room as an address would not be deemed okay!
Riyadh, Asharq Al-Awsat- More than 10,000 Saudi students will travel to the US to attend university as part of a government-sponsored program following the adoption of new measures by the Ministry of Higher Education aimed at facilitating travel procedures for Saudis. In total, 21,000 Saudis are expected to take part in the program in the next four years.

See it's the Ministry of Higher Education that's telling us what the new and improved streamlined program will be. Huh? So this isn't a program developed by State but by the Saudi's? Well, then, I 'feel' much better. I wonder, is this program similar to the Saudi Visa Express Program which was in place pre-911? We all know how well that worked out. Right?
snip......Fahd al Manur, a student who decided to enroll in the program told Asharq al Awsat, “I do not fear traveling to the US since Americans are a friendly people. Relations between our two countries have greatly improved recently and travel procedures are easier nowadays after being almost impossible following September 11th 2001.” Studying in the US would be a dream come true, he added, despite recent events. King Abdullah’s visit earlier this year strengthened bilateral relations and “reassured Saudis.”

Currently studying in the U.S., Mohammad al Mateeri described the initiative as an important step and described how in eight years of living in the US, “I have never been hassled, save for an increase in security checks to which a country is entitled to when protecting its citizens.”

I'm so relieved that Manur doesn't fear traveling in the US. But I can say without equivocation that I'd be scared shitless traveling in his. Why? Maybe it's because his government produces, distributes and supports hatred and violence against Christians and Jews. Maybe it's because Islamic Facists from Saudi Arabia like to behead non-Muslims and the Saudis look the other way because most believe that Non-Muslims must be subjugated.

It's very comforting to know that Manur has encountered a 'few' security checks in 8 years. (btw-how long does it take to attend a 4 year college?). I would really hate for there to be any restrictions whatsoever on a visitor to this country especially if that visitor is from Saudi Arabia. I mean, afterall, what has Saudia Arabia ever done to us? Obviously, Norman Minetta is doing a great things as secretary of TSA. What things you ask? One is that there is no directed screening for Visa holders visiting from Saudi Arabia. Thanks much Norman for watching our back!

Asharq Alawsat Newspaper (English)

h/t Lucianne

Linked to the October 31st Guard the Borders Blogburst. Even though this isn't about our borders it does concern immigration security.

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