WASHINGTON (MNS) — A push in Washington to temporarily halt the issuance of new student visas would not greatly influence San Diego State University-Imperial Valley campus, according to the campus dean.
"This would have very little effect," said Dean Khosrow Fatemi. "We have very few international students."
On Thursday, Sen. Dianne Feinstein, D-Calif., announced plans for legislation that would put a six-month moratorium on student visas in the wake of the reported discovery that Hani Hanjour, a suspect in the recent terrorist attacks, entered the country on a student visa.
Such a move could have major effects on the California economy. More than 60,000 foreign students study in California, contributing more than $1.6 billion to the state's economy, according to the Association of International Educators, a Washington-based organization that promotes the exchange of students and scholars to and from the United States.
SDSU-IV, which emphasizes international programs for its students, has only about nine foreign students among a student body of around 900, Fatemi said.