Six Middle Eastern Students Sent to Jail for Taking Fewer than 12 Credit Hours. The students voluntarily showed up to register with immigration officials, as required by new rules to track foreign students. They honestly reported that their courseload and were sent to jail. One dropped a course with college permission and fell to 11 units.
- “I don’t believe this is helping us with the war on terrorism,” said Mark Hallett, director of international student services at Colorado State University. “We’re alienating people who could be our best friends and ambassadors once they return to their countries.”
The Middle Eastern students were jailed for up to 48 hours before posting bond. Three attend UCD, two study at CU-Boulder, and one attends Colorado State University.
College officials expect more to be detained during a second round of January registrations at the INS district office in Denver.