The Homeland Security Department denied entry this year to 200 foreigners who attempted to enter the country as students, undersecretary for Border and Transportation Security Directorate Asa Hutchinson said today. “We believe they posed a risk to America,” he said. Using the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System, which tracks foreign students, the directorate’s response team rejected the applicants, Hutchinson told attendees at a conference held by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce. “The team responded to more than 8,000 calls,” Hutchinson said. In some cases, schools that the foreigners claimed they were attending had no record of them, and in others the students had been expelled. SEVIS has come under fire for system problems, with congressional hearings and a General Accounting Office report revealing malfunctions. Full Story
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