Travel to USA
Randy Black writes: John Heelan expressed concern for the US visa entry program that would hinder foreign travelers and students to the US if they had criminal problems and or arrests elsewhere. On that same matter, Mr. Heelan said, Mark Thatcher, the Iron Lady's son, having just been arrested for alleged involvement in a plot to overthrow a Central African government (which he denies) no doubt will have difficulty in re-entering the US to join his American wife. I replied that I assumed that Thatcher had free access to the US on the premise that his marriage to an American who was a permanent resident of Dallas would gain him a Green Card, or other type of free entry/exit visa arrangement. That may have been the case at that time, but evidently his right to visit the US was revoked due to his recent crimes in Africa.
Thus, my conclusion last September needs updating. Mr Thatcher was denied entry to the US this week due to his plea bargain and confession regarding his part in the attempted overthrow of a Central African government. His wife, Diane, and their children will not see daddy in Dallas this time around. The family lives in a $990,000 home in Highland Park, a Dallas suburb. Theirs is the least expensive home in the neighborhood by the way.
Our WAIS discussion concerned, among other topics, the fear that the more restrictive US visa policy might hinder tourism and student visas. Recent statistics on these matters support the conclusion that foreign students continue to enter the US for study, but at only very slightly lower rates – down 2.4 percent last year. Nearly 50 percent of all foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities were from just five countries, four of which are in Asia. India provided the greatest number -- nearly 80,000, a seven percent increase over the previous year. It was followed by China at nearly 62,000; South Korea, at 52,000; Japan, 41,000; Canada, 27,000, and Taiwan, 26,000. Overall, almost 57 percent of international students in the U.S. came from Asia.
The countries that saw the greatest increases in U.S. student enrollment included Cuba (1,474, up 15 percent), Brazil (1,345, up 26 percent), Denmark (1,127, up 24 percent), South Korea (739, up 17 percent), India (703, up 12 percent), Peru (599, up 14 percent), and Vietnam (286, up 31 percent).
RH: 1,474 students from Cuba?
I was puzzled by Randy Black's statement that last year 1,474 students from Cuba studied in the US. Cuban exile Alberto Gutierrez explains: The article in question reveals that around 2002 US students enrolled in Cuba went up to 15 %.That's very possible considering the facilities Castro offered mainly to Blacks from New York, Puerto Ricans, etc. to study medicine in Havana. Even the Cuban Naval Academy, which is no longer in Mariel but in Baracoa, only few miles west of the Cuban capital, has become a school of medicine for the benefit of those students. RH: Assuming Alberto's explanation is correct, does it mean that the students have discovered that US citizens are no longer allowed by the US to study in Cuba and have returned to regularize their situation? Give the Devil his due: training doctors seems to me a praiseworthy activity.
I said we should give the devil his due and commend the medical education Castro's Cuba is giving poor students from many countries. Cuban exile Alberto Gutierrez says: .- Of course training doctors is a praiseworthy activity when is not used as spearhead of propaganda, influence and subversion. At this time many Cuban and foreigners trained as doctors in Cuba are serving Castro's interests, for instance in Latin America. And why is that many African countries vote in Geneva in favor of Castro? South Africa is the main broker of Castro's medical services in that continent. RH: Alberto raises an important point. It raises concern to see how South Africa supports Zimbabwe and its anti-Western line, even endorsing its phony elections. Mugabe says he plans to stay in power till he is 100 years old, and Fidel Castro seems to harbor the same hope. The two men have much in common.