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Sen. Tester Calls For Crackdown on 'Sham Universities'


These high risk factors include schools that are not accredited or conduct classes mostly online. Tester's plan calls for site-visits to every school that uses student visas and that exhibits such high risk factors within the next year.

The senators also cited the case of two other California "schools" busted for providing student visas to Russian prostitutes. Three "schools" in New York were closed in 2006 and 2007. Earlier last year, Florida Language Institute in Miami was raided by federal agents for illegally securing student visas for nearly 600 foreign nationals.

Tester told Fox News today he is "committed" to introducing a bill to toughen penalties for this kind of fraud.

A copy of the senators' letter to the Department of Homeland Security and to immigration officials appears here.