The Republican Presidential candidates on the debate stage were 100% right about student visas.
Fact: Possessing a Student Visa is a privilege. And not everyone who applies for one gets it. There are lots of hoops one must go through.
In a nutshell, Student Visas are for foreigners who want the opportunity to receive an education from America’s top schools and university’s.
But before I tell you more about what the Republicans on the debate stage were (and are) right about, it’s important to get some details about Student Visas.
What IS A Student Visa?
From the U.S. State Department:
“Generally, a citizen of a foreign country who wishes to enter the United States must first obtain a visa, either a nonimmigrant visa for temporary stay, or an immigrant visa for permanent residence. You must have a student visa to study in the United States.” There’s more.
And I found this interesting.
“A visa does not guarantee entry into the United States. A visa only allows a foreign citizen to travel to a U.S. port-of-entry (generally an airport) and request permission to enter the United States. The Department of Homeland Security (DHS), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officials at the port-of-entry have authority to permit or deny admission to the United States.”
Clicking the link above will take you to the Student Visa page on state.gov. I encourage you to see all that’s required to enter the United States to get an education.
What The Republicans On The Debate State Got Right
During the 3rd 2024 Republican Presidential Debate, the candidates pretty much said the same thing.
I’m paraphrasing here, but what was said was that “Any students who are here on a Student Visa who’ve engaged in anti-Semitic threats or violence, should have their Visa’s revoked and should be kicked out the country.” I agree. Throw their asses out. Permanently.
Anti-Semitism has no place in the United States or anywhere else in the world.
Because “Never Again.”
The Republicans are right on this.