Tell Florida Senator to Support Visas for Muslim Students

Target: Florida Senator Marco Rubio

Goal: Rescind nonsensical statements about restricting student visas for Muslim students based on recent attacks in Boston

Recently, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida warned his fellow congressional Republicans not to use the issue of the tragic Boston bombings as grounds for creating controversy over immigration reform. In light of these comments, it is ironic that Marco Rubio himself refused to answer specifically as to whether or not this violent act by two criminals should compel the United States to restrict access to visas for Muslim students.

The topic arose when Fox News host Neil Cavuto prompted Rubio’s opinion by asking, “Senator, there are some getting leery of all the Muslim students in America. Bob Beckel is among those saying stop granting visas, others speaking about slowing down the number getting into the country. What do you think?” Although Rubio replied that he did not like “profiling anybody,” he nevertheless gave an ambiguous answer (or, rather, a lack of an answer): “I’m not prepared to take a firm position on restriction. I want to learn about what might have worked to prevent past attacks.”

This is a nonsensical statement on Rubio’s behalf, considering that we now know that the two brothers who committed these crimes were United States citizens, not students on visas. Therefore, restricting student visas would not have “worked to prevent past attacks.” This is transparently obvious. Furthermore, even if the brothers had been students on visas, it is religious discrimination to suggest that visas should be restricted because of the criminal actions of two people. Nevertheless, for whatever reason, Rubio refused to take a firm stance against disallowing visas for Muslim students. Sign this petition to tell Marco Rubio that Muslim students should not be discriminated against.


Dear Senator Rubio,

On April 24th, in an exchange with Neil Cavuto, you stated that restricting visas for Muslim students might be a consideration and something you would not be averse to agreeing with. Being an intelligent man, you must be aware that there have been exclusionary policies in the past (such as the Chinese Exclusion Act) and history has never looked favorably on them. There is no reason to think history would look favorably on this idea.

First of all, while I am surprised I have to say this, discriminating against people because of their religious beliefs is wrong. You talk about “parts of the world where dangerous people are living,” but dangerous people live throughout the world; even if we were at war with these countries (which, by your definition, would presumably include being at war with the entire Arab and Muslim world), it is wrong to assume that citizens of any given country necessarily share in the beliefs of their leaders (as the United States certainly attests to). Muslims are a varied community of varied people and, yes, there will be some criminals, but there are also criminals who are Christians or white males. No one suggests restricting access of white Christian males in this country, and for good reason.

Furthermore, it is highly unlikely that most terrorism would be carried out by students of all people. The boys responsible for this bombing were American citizens. As such, it is an act of domestic terrorism. There is no sense in scapegoating Muslim students. Please reconsider and rescind your previous comments.


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  1. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:

    Why? Far too many Muslim students come in and force the uni or college to conform to them and not come in to accept the uni or college. An example is going to an American Catholic college and demanding that a crucifix be removed. They are anti-Semitic and anti-West. Bear in mind that I have worked with many students from many countries at 2 unis in the UK and not one Muslim student was happy with anything and forced the uni to bend the rules to accept them. Why are they so special that they cannot conform to the rules of the uni to which they apply knowing that these rules exist? You expect us to conform to yours!

  2. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:

    I find it difficult to symapthise with a religion that does not conform to the UN human rights charter (European Court of Human Rights 2003), that does not respect any other religion or minority, has 109 quotes in the Koran that the non-Muslim (kafir) should be killed. The alternative is to pay tax (jizya) for the right to live and then demands their own rights and respect having ignored and trampled all over everyone elses. A religion that has no respect for its own women or children, condones rape of a non-Muslim woman, beats a rape victim to death and encourages paedophilia amongst other abuses. A religion where killing a non-Muslim eg coming out of Friday night services in Pakistand and killing the first Hindu man that walks past, kidnaps, rapes and forcibly converts little Christian girls, enters Thailand and beheads a 9 year old Bhuddist boy before disembowling the family. Shall I continue?

    • Amber Adamson says:

      Okay, I usually never reply to people who reply to my petitions, no matter how asinine or antagonistic their comments, but this is ridiculous. Gillian Miller, I’ve worked with plenty of Christians who wanted to deny my rights as a queer person, and I’ve seen Christians go overseas to Uganda and stir up anti-gay sentiment leading to the near-creation of a kill the gays bill, and I’ve seen Christians in North Carolina try to establish an unconstitutional state religion.

      Do you think for one second that this means I think Christians as a whole should be denied any rights whatsoever? Of course not. That’s not how it works. And if you want, I can go dig up numerous horrific examples of people from every world religion doing awful things, like stoning women or committing atrocities. I can also find plenty of examples to the contrary. That’s how stereotypes work.

      I never said Muslims were a race. I said history has always, and will always, look unfavourably against exclusionary policies. The Muslim community in Boston was actually integral to catching these domestic terrorists, who, incidentally, were US citizens, not people on student visas.

  3. Gillian Miller Gillian Miller says:

    “I am surprised I have to say this, discriminating against people because of their religious beliefs is wrong.” Then why do Muslims discriminate against every other religion?

    “you must be aware that there have been exclusionary policies in the past (such as the Chinese Exclusion Act) and history has never looked favorably on them” But Muslims are a religion and not a people so such an exclusion is not racist, which is your claim. Make your mind up.

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