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Illegal Alien Security Risk Exposed: Obama “Lost” Thousands Of Foreign Students

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Our friends at NumbersUSA passed us an ABC News report that the Department of Homeland Security lost track of, and is now pursuing, over 6,000 foreign students who are deemed to be of “heightened concern.” DHS told ABC that about 58,000 foreign students had overstayed their visa but the vast majority are not being sought.

The student visa program has been plagued with problems for years. Congress targeted the program for reform after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks. The hijacker who flew a plane into the Pentagon had entered the country on a student visa but did not attend school.

Sen. Tom Coburn, R-Okla., told ABC, “They just disappear…They get the visas and they disappear.” He said 26 student visa holders were arrested on terror-related charges since Sept. 11, 2001.

ABC reports that more than 9,000 schools are on the government-approved list for hosting foreign students. Schools are supposed to track the whereabouts of visa holders, and report to DHS if they repeatedly miss class, but not all do. “We know we have a lot of non-accredited universities that are using this system to bring people in, collect money, and not educate them at all,” said Sen. Coburn. “To me, it’s a mess.”

ABC notes one school -- MicroPower Career Institute – that has four campuses on the approved list, even though five of the school’s top officials were indicted on visa fraud charges.

"My greatest concern is that they could be doing anything," Peter Edge, a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) official leading investigations into visa violations, told ABC News, which first reported on the problem, of the men and women who remain unaccounted for. "Some of them could be here to do us harm."

The Center for Immigration Studies’ Janice Kephart told ABC “When schools are not legitimate that enables terrorists to come here under a fraudulent basis and disappear into the fabric of society without anybody knowing that they are here for illegitimate reason because the system itself will say they're here legitimately when in fact they're not.”

The General Accounting Office says the number of foreign students in the U.S. grew from about 663,000 in 2003 to more than 1.2 million in 2012.

ICE claims it is working to locate or find information on the thousands of students it's lost track of, but even Edge admitted to ABC that the agency has "a lot more work to do."

But according to The New York Daily News the lapse remains a serious cause for concern.

According to ABC, at least 26 foreign nationals in the U.S. on student visas have been arrested since Sept. 11, 2001, on terrorism-related offenses, including New York Federal Reserve bomb plotter Quazi Mohammad Rezwanul Ahsan Nafis.

And several culprits involved with the most major terrorist attacks in modern history were allowed entrance into the U.S. on student visas.

Most notably, Hani Hanjour, one of the 9/11 hijackers of the plane that was flown into the Pentagon, came to the U.S. on a student visa. The 9/11 Commission later found that he never even showed up for class.

Likewise, Eyad Ismoil, one of the men who drove a van packed with explosives into the garage underneath the World Trade Center during the 1993 bombing of the facility, also entered the U.S. on a student visa. He overstayed the visa by several years to begin planning the attack.

It is time for Congress to plug this hole in our immigration security system, AND to hold Obama and these visa hustlers accountable for this dangerous breach of our national security.

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