They may not have transcripts, but some American colleges are taking Syrian “students” to supposedly educate them to return and re-build Syria (yeh, sure!).
From Omaha.com (hat tip: Julia). The ‘students’ featured here are at Emporia State University in Emporia, KS.
I haven’t heard much from Emporia since late 2007 and early 2008 when they had a huge Somali refugee problem there. The Somalis had been brought in by Tyson Foods and were busy developing a Somali enclave in town. Ultimately, the controversy got too heated and Tyson Foods actually closed the plant. We covered it so extensively that we created an entire category just for Emporia, here. BTW, it was the first time we came to understand the role of meatpackers working with refugee contractors to change small town America. But I digress…
Here is the news about Syrian ‘students’ being placed in US colleges:
KANSAS CITY, Mo. (AP) — Brothers Molham and Mohammad Kayali spray-painted anti-government graffiti around Aleppo University in northern Syria in early 2012 and held up flags in protest against President Bashar al Assad’s government. Worried that their lives were in danger, they gave up on school and fled to Turkey in September 2012.
They were reunited last year with their younger brother, Ebrahim, at Emporia State University, a small school in Kansas, joining among about 700 “academic refugees” now in the U.S. who either fled from the long-running violent conflict, attended universities that have closed or couldn’t safely travel to schools in dangerous areas.
The New York-based Institute of International Education has helped organize a consortium of mostly U.S. and Portuguese schools and has provided 158 scholarships and 89 emergency grants to Syrian students, according to Daniela Kaisth, a vice president with the institute. Similar efforts were made to help Iraqi students after the U.S.-led invasion.
The latest data shows that the number of Syrian students attending U.S. universities swelled from 424 students in 2009-10 to 693 students in 2013-14, according to the institute’s Open Doors Report on International Education Exchange, published in partnership with the U.S. Department of State.
Some of the schools in the consortium are Emporia State, the Illinois Institute of Technology in Chicago, Monmouth College in Illinois, and Tufts University in Massachusetts.
Some enterprising investigative blogger should look into the Institute of International Education. I wouldn’t be surprised to find George Soros and some of his ilk behind it somewhere.
Incidentally, if we can’t screen Syrian refugees, as the FBI recently told Congress, how are we screening Syrian college students?