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03-HR0488 on Jan 29, 2003

Legislation by 2008 Presidential Candidates: against student visas from countries that support terrorism
Source: Terror Immigration Elimination Act (H.R.488)
OFFICIAL CONGRESSIONAL SUMMARY: To limit the issuance of student and diversity immigrant visas to aliens who are nationals of Saudi Arabia, countries that support terrorism, or countries not cooperating fully with United States antiterrorism efforts.

SPONSOR'S INTRODUCTORY REMARKS: Rep. PAUL: The US remains vulnerable to terrorist attacks more than a year after the tragedy of 9/11. Our borders remain porous--a virtual revolving door and welcome mat for those who would seek to harm us. This was never more evident than when news broke some time ago that the INS had actually renewed the visas for several of the 9/11 hijackers after the attack had taken place. We cannot prevent terrorism if we cannot keep terrorists out of our country.

This bill will deny student and "diversity" visas to anyone coming from a country currently on the State Department's list of terrorism-sponsoring countries. It may seem shocking that citizens from these countries can even still receive these visas, but it is true. We must put a lock on this revolving door if we are going to protect Americans from the continuing threat of terrorism on our soil.

Further, it is time we face reality regarding Saudi Arabia. We must remember that most of the 9/11 hijackers were Saudi nationals. Also, when al-Qaeda supporters were rounded up from Afghanistan, reports showed that of the 158 prisoners, more than 100 were Saudi nationals. With such an evident level of involvement from Saudi nationals in these activities, it is quite obvious that the Saudi government is not doing all it can, or all it should, in resolving this urgent problem. Therefore, Saudi citizens will also be denied student and "diversity" visas to the United States under this bill.

LEGISLATIVE OUTCOME:Referred to House Subcommittee on Immigration & Border Security; never came to a vote.


  • Topic: Immigration
  • Headline: No student visas from countries that support terrorism
  • Headline 2: Sponsored bill banning student visas from terrorist nations

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Democrats participating in 03-HR0488



Republicans participating in 03-HR0488

Jo Ann Davis s1oVirginia Republican 
Jimmy Duncan s1oTennessee Republican 
Terry Everett s1oAlabama Republican (Retiring 2008) 
Jeff Miller s1oFlorida Republican 
Marilyn Musgrave s1oColorado Republican (Unseated 2008) 
Ron Paul s2pPOTUS Republican (Libertarian 1988) 
John Peterson s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retired 2008) 
Todd Platts s1oPennsylvania Republican (Retiring 2012) 
Tom Tancredo s1oColorado Republican Governor challenger 



Independents participating in 03-HR0488

Ginny Brown-Waite s1oFlorida Former GOP (until 2010) 
Virgil Goode s1oPOTUS Constitution Party Challenger 



Total recorded by OnTheIssues:

Democrats: 0
Republicans: 9
Independents: 2


















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