Visa revocations just the tip of the iceberg

Monday, September 21, 2020
Chad Groening (

Chinese soldiers with masksAn immigration reform organization is not surprised that the Trump administration has revoked the visas of Chinese citizens suspected of espionage against the US.

This month the State Department revoked visas for more than 1,000 Chinese nationals due to potential security risks. The move is in line with the Trump administration's efforts to curb Chinese espionage made possible by a poorly designed immigration and student visa system.

The action affects Chinese graduate students and researchers studying in the United States who were likely to have ties to China's military and who were likely to steal American research.

"This announcement is no surprise anyone who's followed the Chinese and their practices of stealing American technology," responds Dave Ray, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR). "This is common practice for the Chinese, and the easiest way they do that is by sending students here who are sometimes under the control of the Chinese government or the Chinese military."


With approximately 370,000 Chinese nationals studying in the United States, Ray says these revocations are just the tip of the iceberg.

"The Department of State really needs to keep an eye on these foreign students, particularly those whose scholarships are being paid by the Chinese government and the Chinese military, which frankly is no friend of the United States of America," Ray concludes.


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