Tuesday, February 12, 2002

Palit's Hectogooglerant- Palit over at the Kolkata Libertarian went on a megarant, nay, a hectogooglerant when he saw this MSNBC piece on the INS commissioning private eyes to check on foreign students. Having had a lot of foreign friends in grad school, including one Indian ex-pat and a very godly Cameroonian guy who headed up our Intervarsity grad chapter, I can see where he's coming from. The foreign student is trod upon quite a bit; they can't work off-campus, they are taxed heavier by the IRS than native students if they're here for less than a two-year stay and are often resented by natives. This additional flak may be a bit too much, even in a post-9/11 environment.

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