Border Agents Must Now Verify All Student Visas
One of Dzhokhar Tsarnaev's friends slipped through
By John Johnson, Newser Staff
Posted May 3, 2013 5:12 PM CDT
This undated photo shows, from left, Azamat Tazhayakov and Dias Kadyrbayev with Dzhokhar Tsarnaev in Times Square.   (AP Photo/VK)

(Newser) – It's the first tangible change in security procedures as a result of the Boston bombings, reports AP: From now on, border agents must check that every foreign student who enters the country has a valid student visa. That hadn't been automatic previously because the agents, oddly, didn't have easy access to the appropriate database from the Homeland Security department.

Case in point: One of the three friends of the Tsarnaev brothers accused of covering up for Dzhokhar didn't have a valid visa when he returned to the US in January. Azamat Tazhayakov shouldn't have been allowed entry, but airport customs in New York waved him through. DHS officials are working on making the process move quickly, but there could be hiccups in the interim. A college near Buffalo, for example, has warned students coming in from Canada to add two hours to their trips because of the added scrutiny.

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May 5, 2013 4:35 AM CDT
yeah, well, that is all fine and good... but what are they going to do about the students - and who has any idea of how many there are - already here on expired visas??? time to find 'em and relocate 'em to wherever they came from. NOW.
May 5, 2013 12:09 AM CDT
OMG - Oh My GOD! I had to read this story twice and I still think that it is some kind of April Fool's joke. Unbelievable! Is there a government official that can be blamed and fired? This is so wrong! Maybe we've got to turn to the Russians to tell us how to run our borders since we don't even know how to recognize a terrorist even when we are told about them (which the Russians did tell us about)!
May 4, 2013 2:48 PM CDT
A change in security what did they do before? I take it that 9/11 was not a big enough wake-up call! Is A-hole Obama waiting for something bigger to come? STOP SLEEPING Washington get off your ass and do something! OR is that against the LAW To! We don't wont to infringe on terrorist's rights to blow us all up?