Republican Bill to Eject Students from Terrorism-Sponsoring Nations

May 29, 2003

Source: Boston Herald

On May 29, 2003 the Boston Herald reported that "Bay State students who hail from seven terrorism-sponsoring nations would be summarily ejected from public colleges and universities under a new Republican bill that sparked accusations of a witch hunt from Islamic activists and civil libertarians... The bill, which faces an uphill battle through the House and Senate, would deny a taxpayer-funded education to citizens of Iraq, Iran, Syria, Libya, Cuba, North Korea and Sudan... UMass Boston Student Senate President Tuan Pham, a Vietnam native who's lived here for 17 years, bluntly branded the bill as 'wrong... 'As an immigrant I know what it means, the value of an education,' Pham said. 'The United States is not a country where we should deny access to public higher education...' Islamic activists protested that the bill smacks of an anti-Muslim witch hunt."