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Mr. Hashemi was once was in the Taliban, not any more (04/26/06 ID comment). Don'’t forget, we US also once supported the Taliban as well. So do you brand these once upon a time Taliban youths and gas chamber them all? Why not give them a second chance? Also, he is not in the regular undergrad program, but in a non-degreed one. I think Yale students will benefit from the encounter with Mr. Hashemi.
A. Banerjee, Esq.
Sugar Land, TX
Come off it please. Just because the US chose to attack the Taliban after it rejected an ultimatum carefully drafted to be both insulting and unacceptable does not make its former officers beyond the pale of human society. Defying the US may be imprudent but it is not, George W. Bush and now Immigration Daily to the contrary, a moral failing (04/26/06 ID comment).
Michael E. Piston, Esq.
I'm concerned that a recognized institution of higher learning may in anyway endorse the views or support an acknowledged enemy of the US (04/26/06 ID comment). Note that townhall.com is conservative in its bias (featuring columnists Phyllis Schaffly, Oliver North (felon), Bob Novak( famously leaking a CIA operative), etc.) Yale willingly provided its "sons"(pre-1969) to the WWI/WWII conflicts involving governments overtly attacking the US yet it hasn't reserved criticism to foreign policy wars beginning with Vietnam. Yale has been a forum for airing alternate views, including demonstration against Yale Corporation investments in apartheid era South Africa. Yale has also served the national interest in engaging the country in a well-informed debate that would help the US avoid ill-advised adventures abroad. Notably, Yale University recently played host to Secretary General Hu, after meeting with President Bush. Yale has had a history of contacts with China since the creation of the Yale-China Association in 1901 with an interest in promoting mutual understanding between Chinese and Americans through teaching and service. Like Hashemi's service for the Taliban there are substantial human rights abuses and issues associated with the PRC and the Chinese Communist party. Unfortunately, it is usually totalitarian regimes that attack or suppress the main sources of criticism, the press, the judiciary and academics and academic institutions. Since 9/11 we see a neverending litany of liberal press (ie NYT), activist judges and hyper-criticism of University professors. The students seem to understand in their quest for Lux et Veritas, that a liberal arts education cannot be filtered through the real-politik of conservative fears. Cole fails to articulate how sheltering Yale students from Hashemi serves to build the next generation of well-informed national leaders, I think Yalies will endure this threat. It may just be that the confluence of ignorance and power may pose the greatest threat to our national security.
Robert J. Dupont, Esq. (Yale graduate '89)
Isn't it a good thing that this guy is going to Yale and getting a full dose of the market place of ideas? (04/26/06 ID comment) Isn't there a good possibility that he will return to Afghanistan as a leader advocating a more democratic, more tolerant and more progressive society? Having read the New York Sunday Magazine article about him, I cannot dismiss him as just another screaming religious terrorist.
John Moncrief, Esq.
New York, NY
Any further details on the expected hearings? Which committee? (04/26/06 ID comment)
Shaun Waterman, UPI Homeland and National Security Editor
Our universities and colleges can also play vital roles to control from becoming illegal if they apply some strict rules to those who apply for student visas (04/26/06 ID comment). At present, there are some universities the requirements of which for admission are so easy and simple that foreign students with lower marks in their Bachelor's degree are easily getting admission to MBA programs. These universities do not require GMAT for admission to MBA program, whereas most of the US universities require it. Consequently, these students may not be able to continue their studies and later become illegals as their status fails to be valid. Therefore, some stern requirements for admission to universities and colleges are to be made fulfilled so that only good and intelligent students are admitted, and thus save the aliens from becoming illegal in the US. Furthermore, the US Consulate also should deny visas to those who have not taken GMAT or GRE for admission to Master's level program.
Allow the individual in and learn firsthand about life in America (04/26/06 ID comment). The Taliban clearly has a different perspective and could benefit from some first hand information. Of course, we shouldn't let our guard down, and should monitor the contacts/behaviour of the individual while in the country.
Responding to Mr. Anderson's letter (04/26/06 ID), how about the 2,251,400 Mexicans who immigrated to this country legally between 1991 and 2000 - out of 9,095,400 total immigrants admitted during this period. (Statistical Abstract of the US, 2004-2005). Or the 200,000 plus legal immigrants from Mexico admitted in each of 2001 and 2002 - out of roughly one million legal immigrants each year. The big lie in Mr. Anderson's letter and also apparently believed by others and thus sought to perpetuate is that Mexicans have no legal way to immigrate to the US, when in fact, they have been the one country in the world sending the most legal immigrants, through family reunification. Mexicans who seek to enter the US through employment have the same options as citizens of any other country in the world: offer skills and abilities that employers are willing to sponsor them for - or perhaps the logic of Mr. Anderson's letter argues that Mexicans should somehow be more privileged than people of any other country and exempt from following the law?
Some undocumented aliens must be thrilled to hear and hate the foolish Brian James on Phoenix radio KFYI (04/25/06 ID comment). Apparently he was advocating, without equivocation, that illegal border crossers should be shot. I have faith that his recommendations are little more than a diatribe to vent his frustration. Killing and other violence is promoted every half hour on television and in the movies as entertainment. Government, especially Washington politicians, should be prosecuted for not enforcing our immigration laws.
As a veteran, I find this not only appalling but downright unpatriotic (04/26/06 ID comment). What were they thinking? Or are they thinking at all?
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