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Foreign student tracking system called inefficient, intrusive

“You better bet we’ll make a fuss, if you charge to spy on us!” An angry throng of more than 100 students at the University of Wisconsin at Madison stood shouting in military cadence at a panel of school administrators, who’d called an emergency campus meeting in April. The students, about half of them from foreign countries, denounced the school’s plan to make foreign students pay for a U.S. government database to monitor them. The administrators pleaded their case. Under new homeland security laws, all U.S. schools have to register their foreign students in the database, known as the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS). The system keeps tabs on the courses students take, where they travel and whether they’ve had disciplinary problems or been arrested. Full Story

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