The University of Massachusetts at Amherst has banned Iranian students from Graduate programs dealing with Chemistry, Physics, and other scientific or engineering programs. School officials believe that the ban goes along with the United States’ sanctions against Iran.
Here is an excerpt from the article published on time.com that outlines why the school may believe that this isn’t an infringement:
Congress enacted legislation in August 2012 that denies visas for Iranian citizens to study in the U.S. if they plan to participate in coursework for a career in the energy or nuclear fields in Iran.
But a U.S. State Department official says federal law doesn’t prohibit qualified Iranian nationals from seeking an education in science and engineering. Each application is reviewed on a case-by-case basis.
The National Iranian American Council has come forth and said UMass’ interpretation of the law is flawed and may violate protections against discrimination.
A commenter on Facebook, pretty much summed up what this really is:
Belle Basnight hits it right on the nail. Like Ms. Basnight said, the motivations behind the decision are clear, but it doesn’t make it acceptable. Will all Iranians eventually end up in concentration camps like the Japanese during WW2? Does at any point attempting to protect yourselves become wrong?
Tell me what you think below:
– B. Smith