October 9, 2001
Calif. Senator nixes proposed visa bill
BERKELEY, Calif. (U-WIRE)
Sen. Dianne Feinstein scrapped her proposal Friday to place
a six-month moratorium on new foreign student visas after
meeting with critical educators.
D-Calif., killed her proposed moratorium after receiving a
letter from American Council on Education President David
Ward, written on behalf of 29 other organizations. She also
met with UC and California State University officials critical
of the proposal last week.
however, will go ahead with another part of her original proposal
to allocate $32 million to swiftly create an electronic tracking
system for the Immigration and Naturalization Service, which
would serve as a database of foreign students.
currently written, Feinsteins revised proposal would
enhance the Immigration and Naturalization Services
tracking system to include fingerprints and photographs. It
would also require schools to regularly report to the service
on a foreign student's academic
student group welcomes protesters
MISSOULA, Mont. (U-WIRE)
A University of Montana gay and lesbian group is welcoming
a Baptist church that advocates castration and execution of
homosexuals to picket on campus in order to encourage community
though the Lambda Alliance booked the only area available
to demonstrate at UM on Oct. 15, the day the Westboro Baptist
Church is coming to picket, they are willing to give up their
Monson, chair of the Lambda Alliance, said there is a catch.
We dont condone what they're doing, said
Kris Monson. But we honor their right to free speech.
If they show interest, we would be sure to give it up to them,
with the understanding that we will counter-protest when theyre
anti-gay group, led by the Rev. Fred W. Phelps Sr., said they
are coming to UM to protest its sanctioning of the Lambda
Alliance. Phelps said he is upset because the University is
a fax sent Wednesday by Phelps' lawyers to the Missoula police
chief and the UM director of Public Safety, Phelps requested
to picket at the corner of Arthur Avenue and 6th Street at
7:30 a.m. Oct. 15. The Missoula City Police Department said
they would not comment on the group's request for a permit