Obama Administration Urged to End Viewpoint-Based Exclusion of Foreign Scholars

USA“Dozens of academic, free-speech, and civil-rights organizations today sent top officials in the Obama administration a letter urging them to end the federal government’s practice of denying visas to foreign scholars, writers, artists, and activists based on ideology. The letter, which was addressed to Secretary of State Hillary Rodham Clinton, Attorney General Eric H. Holder Jr., and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano, argues that the State and Homeland Security Departments have harmed the nation’s own interests by barring dozens of prominent intellectuals over the past eight years based on their ideas, political views, and associations …” (more)

[Peter Schmidt, Chronicle of Higher Education, 18 March]

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