Yale President Richard Levin's announces a very long overdue public campaign for visa reform: Yale President Richard Levin has suggested several reforms in how the U.S. government processes visas for international students and scholars, calling the long delays some at Yale have faced "unacceptable." "They erode the Yale community's ability to attract and offer its programs in a timely way to all those who gain admission," he said. "They can also foster the impression that the United States no longer values international academic exchanges." Of course, no Yale news coverage would be complete without the obligatory Yale quote disavowing having in any way been influenced to change policy which affects students by the students themselves: Yale's unions have played a key role in rallying students from about 50 universities across the country, to put pressure on Congress and others. "It's part of our strategy to make America more hospitable to immigrants," said Antony Dugdale, a Yale graduate who works as a research analyst for Yale's unions. Though Yale's unions believe their attention has spurred the academic community to action, Tom Conroy, a Yale spokesman, said Yale has been working on the problem for some time. It's good to see Levin taking a more public stance on this issue, and if he actually lobbies half as hard for visa reform for his graduate students as he's been lobbying against their right to organize, that'll be a boon to the movement. But lasting reform still depends on working with the students affected, which this administration, unfortunately, remain loathe to do.


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