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PostPosted: Sun Feb 03, 2019 8:16 pm 
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India urges U.S. to release students detained in fake Michigan university sting

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India's government is urging the U.S. to release 129 Indian foreign students who were detained by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) for enrolling in a fake university in metro Detroit that had been created by ICE to lure people trying to remain here on student visas.

In a strongly-worded statement, India's Minister of External Affairs expressed concern about the arrests of Indian students, calling their welfare its "highest priority."

India asked the U.S. not to deport the students, many of whom were trying to work and earn master's degrees.

"We have urged the U.S. side to share full details and regular updates of the students with the Government, to release them from detention at the earliest and not to resort to deportation against their will," read the statement issued Saturday..................

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PostPosted: Tue Feb 12, 2019 10:11 am 
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Emails show how fake university in metro Detroit lured students

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.........Federal prosecutors allege that more than 600 students enrolled at the university knew it was improper, but the emails and attorneys tell a different story.

In addition to the emails, federal undercover agents took other steps to manipulate the foreign students, according to public records and attorneys:


  • Undercover investigators with the Department of Homeland Security registered the University of Farmington with the state of Michigan as a university using a fake name.

  • At the request of DHS, a national accreditation agency listed the University of Farmington as being accredited in order to help deceive prospective students.

  • The university was also placed by federal investigators on the website of ICE as an university approved by them under a government program for foreign students known as SEVIS (Student and Exchange Visitor Program).

"It seems quite clear the scheme was set up by the government not to go after legitimate offenders, but to create fear in our immigration system," said Amer Zahr, an adjunct professor of law at the University of Detroit-Mercy and a spokesman for one of the 146 students who were detained by ICE. "They're going after students who are trying to better their lives, because America has the best education.This is who they're choosing to go after? It's really disturbing.".......

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PostPosted: Mon Feb 18, 2019 12:38 am 
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Michigan universities roll out welcome mat to attract foreign students



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Like any Las Vegas wager, it has considerable upside: Convince more students from around the world to come to Mount Pleasant, Grand Rapids or Detroit for college and get much-needed tuition dollars flowing in.

So Michigan's public universities are continuing to send representatives into countries around the world, trying to find students looking for an American college degree.

The schools need the gamble to pay off. With many Michigan universities struggling financially, getting more foreign students on campus, and the tuition dollars they bring with them into university coffers, is seen as one way to stave off financial problems.

But the gamble isn't a guaranteed winner — foreign student enrollment at U.S. universities and colleges fell nearly 7 percent in 2017-18 compared with the year before, according to the Institute for International Education. Among the reasons for the drop? Tighter immigration policies from the Trump administration, the report says.

Is the gamble working for Michigan colleges? That depends on the school.

Four universities — the University of Michigan Ann Arbor, the University of Michigan Dearborn, Michigan State University and Michigan Technological University have more than 8 percent of their student body coming from overseas, according to data released this fall by the state Senate Fiscal Agency. The state overall is up about 1,000 foreign students from 2013, but down about 2,000 foreign students from the heights of 2015.

It's students that really matter, thanks to plunging numbers of in-state students. Nine of Michigan's 15 public universities enroll fewer students than they did five years ago. And there's a smaller and smaller pool of Michigan students to draw from. The number of high school graduates in the state is down 11 percent in the last decade, with demographers warning the number of high school graduates is likely to keep dropping in the next decade................

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