In New Hampshire, a new private school recently opened that will be exclusively for Chinese students. Bucshe Academy, one of the nation’s first Chinese-owned schools, hopes to enroll 300 students from mainland China next year. The students’ goal is to eventually enter Harvard or MIT. One Bucshe student said that Harvard is her “dream,” just as it is for thousands of American kids that she may eventually compete with for a seat in the freshman class. A Beijing-based education consultant, Hamilton Gregg, summed up the urgency middle-class Chinese have toward getting to America: “Their families are looking to go [to the United States] no matter what.”
|A growing number of Chinese students at all grade levels are flocking to the U.S.
International students are all the rage among campus administrators. Nationwide, 1.1 million international students study at U.S. colleges, high schools and vocational schools. About 75 percent of them are Asian. In the 2016-2017 academic year, New Hampshire’s foreign student population grew at the second-fastest rate in the country, behind Arkansas.
The first question I asked myself was why in the world the federal government would allow a Chinese company, Jiahui Education, to establish a for-Chinese-only school in the U.S. when China is America’s biggest economic competitor and potentially our greatest security threat. Then I answered my own question: the Obama administration heartily agrees with adding more foreign-born students regardless of its eventual negative effect on Americans, be they students or workers.
The Busche students come to the U.S. on F-1 visas which have no cap for private school attendees. The State Department doles out way too many visas that have no numerical limit. In addition to the F-1, here’s a small sampling of no-cap visas than have been routinely associated with fraud and abuse: the K-1 for fiancée, the J-1, the Summer Work Program visa once linked to prostitution and other crimes, the O-1 allegedly for exceptionally talented immigrants, but issued to a Playboy Playmate, and the L-1 for international business transfers, even though the U.S. labor market is glutted with unemployed Americans.
The time is long overdue for Congress to get tough about issuing so many unnecessary and harmful-to-Americans visas.