It starts with the student visa process, which is one component of a broken immigration system. At the end of the day, the only issues that really matter are: 1) ability to pay; and 2) whether or not the applicant is a terrorist.
The first question in the holy trinity of the vetting process – are you a bona fide student? – has already been answered by the admitting institution. (Recommendation: Take unaccredited institutions out of the equation because “bona fide student” and “rogue provider” are a contradiction in terms.)
The third question – what are your post-graduation plans?, i.e., to return to your home country – should also be jettisoned. Emigration is a personal decision and, Lord knows, the US needs a certain percentage of international students to remain for the long-term, if not forever. With a median age of 38+ the population isn’t getting any younger, plus, there’s also a shortage of skilled workers in key fields.
NOTE: Six (6) winners of Nobel Prizes affiliated with US universities are foreign born. (See America’s Immigrant Laureates. 11.10.16, Inside Higher Ed)
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