Invoking the Tri-Valley University episode in California in which 1,500 Indian nationals were caught up in a visa scam, lawmakers led by Sen. Jon Tester (D-MT) have called on U.S authorities to launch an immediate crackdown on illegal use of student visas by foreign nationals to attend "sham universities."
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"By abusing the system and ignoring our laws, these sham schools are threatening our security and threatening what student visas are supposed to accomplish," Tester said in a statement given to TPM. "I'm fighting to make sure every one of these shams gets shut down."
Tester noted that several of the terrorists who attacked the U.S. on September 11, 2001, had entered the country using student visas.
Tester, joined by Democratic Sens. Dianne Feinstein (CA), Bill Nelson (FL) Claire McCaskill (MO), and Charles Schumer (NY), have outlined a plan to combat such fake universities, which includes developing a list of high-risk factors that point to fraud.