Student visas from Muslim countries increased to 127,000 last year

Student visas from Muslim countries increased to 127,000 last year

Roughly 14 percent of all annual student visas now come from Muslim countries, a higher proportion than immigrant visas relative to the total immigrant population. As a result, Arabic has become the fastest growing language on U.S. college campuses. 

Conservative Review reports,

By far, the largest number of visas come from Saudi Arabia (remember 9/11?), topping out at 53,919 for the last academic year.  As we noted last year, the Saudi government has unlimited funds to pay for their international students, and with no caps on F1 visas, they could theoretically send hundreds of thousands of students here every year.

Iran has sent us over 10,000 foreign students as well.  What could go wrong?

Oh, and with Mohammad Youssef Adbulazeer on everyone’s mind, it’s important to note that we’ve admitted 7,288 foreign students from Kuwait for that same academic year.

The rapid increase in Muslim foreign students should also raise concerns in the context of the growing push to bring in more “high skilled” STEM students and workers.  Liberals often blame Jihad on poverty and lack of a promising future for Muslim youth, but the reality is that many of these young Jihadis are smart and affluent with promising careers.  Just look at the lifestyle of the Chattanooga Jihadi and the fact that he held a degree in electrical engineering.

Seventy-nine percent of Iranian students and 42% of Saudi students were enrolled in STEM programs.

Considering the refusal of groups like the Council on American-Islamic Relations to denounce terrorism, there is a legitimate concern that we are legally importing future terrorists among the high numbers of students granted visas.

Rachel Alexander

Rachel Alexander is the editor of Intellectual Conservative. She is a senior editor at The Stream, and is a regular contributor to Townhall, the Selous Foundation for Public Policy Research, and The Christian Post, and provides weekend news items for Right Wing News. She frequently appears on TV and news radio as a conservative commentator. She is a recovering attorney and former gun magazine editor. She previously served as a former Assistant Attorney General for the State of Arizona, corporate attorney for Go Daddy Software, and Special Assistant/Deputy County Attorney for the Maricopa County Attorney's Office. As co-president of the UW Political Science Honor Society, she obtained degrees in Political Science and History from the University of Washington, followed by a law degree from Boston College and the University of Arizona. She was ranked by Right Wing News as one of the 50 Best Conservative Columnists from 2011-2017.

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