"You're not required to swear a loyalty oath or to write a long dissertation explaining all of the reasons that you love the culture before you're allowed to come here and have the benefits of our system." That's David Z. Nevin, the lawyer for Sami Omar al-Hussayen, quoted in the Wall Street Journal. Al-Hussayen is a Saudi graduate student in computer science at the University of Idaho who was arrested without bail in February 2003 for visa fraud and for raising money on behalf of the Islamic Assembly of North America, a Michigan organization under investigation for possible support of terrorism.
Nevin is right - no one in the immigration process to the United States at this time inquires into a potential visitor's or immigrant's views, loyalties, and intentions. Should that not change, and fast? (May 28, 2003)