The “Homeland” Security restrictions (including a Patriot-act created student database) against foreign students seems to be working: the University has seen a 12% drop in foreign students applying for admission this year:

“… University administrators say the decrease is a result of tightened U.S. security and challenges with immigration paperwork since Sept. 11.

The University is losing international students to England, France and other European countries because there are fewer travel restrictions than in the U.S., International Center Director Rodolfo Altamirano said.

“The past couple of years, we have been working double time and triple time to compensate for the new regulations,” he said. … “

> From Daily: “Applications from abroad on decline”

Reminds me of this:

” … It is absolutely necessary to their structure that there should be no contact with foreigners except, to a limited extent, with war prisoners and colored slaves. Even the official ally of the moment is always regarded with the darkest suspicion. War prisoners apart, the average citizen of Oceania never sets eyes on a citizen of either Eurasia or Eastasia, and he is forbidden the knowledge of foreign languages. If he were allowed contact with foreigners he would discover that they are creatures similar to himself and that most of what he has been told about them is lies The sealed world in which he lives would be broken, and the fear, hatred, and self-righteousness on which is morale depends might evaporate. … “

— George Orwell, 1984, p. 164

Author: Rob