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Tuesday, November 11, 2003

No welcome mat here.

The Washington Post has a pair of excellent stories today about how post-9/11 visa restrictions are making many potential visitors to the US decide not to come. The first story looks at the broad outlines of the problem:

Because of the new regulations, American universities have lost students and scholars; corporations have suffered production delays, friction with customers and personnel problems; and foreign tourists and conventioneers have decided by the thousands to take their business elsewhere. [...]

Bush administration officials defend the new rules, saying they are keeping terrorists from entering the country. "In the post-9/11 environment, we do not believe that the issues at stake allow us the luxury of erring on the side of expeditious processing," Janice L. Jacobs, deputy assistant secretary of state for visa services, told a congressional committee earlier this year.

But many critics caution that by requiring foreigners to wait weeks or months for visas, Washington is damaging its efforts at public diplomacy. They say the United States is sending a hostile message to the world at a time that the Iraq war and other U.S. policies have blackened perceptions of the United States.

"Our commercial, research and academic institutions have always benefited from the open exchange of people, knowledge and ideas," said Rep. Henry A. Waxman (D-Calif.). "We need to protect ourselves. But we don't want to go too far and lose the rewards of an open society." [...]

The most significant [of the new visa rules] include a requirement for face-to-face interviews for hundreds of thousands of visa-seekers who previously were excused from such interviews, and the withholding of visas for certain categories of people until the FBI runs name checks to determine that they do not appear to be a threat. That process can take months.


The second report looks at the story of Canadian professor Muzaffar Iqbal, who was to come to the US last December to help plan a conference at Georgetown University. Although born in Pakistan, Iqbal has lived in Canada for almost 25 years.

Iqbal never even got on his plane to the US — he was pulled aside by US immigration officials who were screening passengers at Toronto's Pearson Airport.

The agent took Iqbal's passport. "You are a Pakistani citizen," the agent said, according to Iqbal.

"I said, 'No, I'm a Canadian citizen. You are holding my Canadian passport in your hand.' "

"Yes, but you were born in Pakistan." The agent looked at his passport and said, "You've been to Saudi Arabia, Kazakhstan."

"Yes."

"What were you doing there?"

"Research," began Iqbal, who founded the Center for Islam and Science in Canada and had done postdoctoral work at the Montreal Neurological Institute of McGill University. He recalled telling the agent that he had traveled to those countries as part of efforts to help develop scientific institutions in Muslim countries.

The agent took Iqbal to a smaller room and said he had to register. He gave him forms and started asking questions about his background. "Then I realized," Iqbal said, that "this was the famous NSEERS," the National Security Entry-Exit Registration System, "and I would have to be fingerprinted and photographed. And I realized if you go to the United States, you are supposed to report every move."

He asked an agent: "Do you think I'm a security threat to your country?"

The reply was: "I'm just doing my job. If I don't do it, I will be fired."

"I said, 'I don't want to go to your country,' " Iqbal recalled. "I took my passport and I just left quickly." Iqbal said he has decided to stay away from the United States "until they remove this condition."

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