So they knowingly admit illegal aliens? Then what the hell is the point of having student visas? (bovertine never actually answered my question; he simply claimed that illegal aliens can ignore the "Visa type" line, which completely sidestepped my question.) If universities don't give a crap about legal status, then student visas are useless, pointless, and serve only to create an imaginary sign of "I am a sucker" above the head of every legal, international student in this country.
<p>This is so tiresome. I have answered your question about three times. The university has no responsibility under any law I know of to investigate or enforce student immigration status. Therefore, it is entirely up to the university whether they require the student to complete any information at all on thier immigration status, citizenship, or anything else. So yes, they can decide that it is okay fior Mr. Balderas to leave his entire form blank if he wants. And yes, if the government wants to pass such a law requiring them to check legal status, that is the prerogative of the Congress (and ultimately the Courts as I'm certain it will be challenged). </p>
<p>What do I think? Is that what is bothering you about my response? I do not think universities, merchants, private citizens or anyone else needs to be in the business of enforcing immigration laws. I think law enforcement agencies, state, local and federal, should enforce the laws as written. </p>
<p>The point of student visas is to give students overseas an opportunity to come here to study. I don't think that's hard to understand. And enforcement of student visas is the job of the government, not the university. The university is merely a witness to whether a student is attending or not. As far as I know, Mr. Balderas did not apply for a student visa.</p>
<p>One place where Harvard may have violated some statute is as an employer. Because I believe there are specific laws about this. If they offered Mr. Balderas a paying job without checking his status, that may be a violation of a law. But I'm not 100% sure about that, since I'm not a lawyer. Which is why I asked for somebody to tell me which law requires action by Harvard. Generally when I ask a question it is to educate myself on something, not to "sidestep" an issue on some stupid internet debate.</p>
<p>I'm done with this thread, it's becoming a little annoying to me. So if I haven't answered your question yet, you'll have to PM me if you are so concerned about what I think. And feel free to PM me with that law requiring Harvard to check status, I actually am interested.</p>