Bush Plans To Sign Bill Limiting College Study Abroad
TALLAHASSEE, Fla. -- Gov. Jeb Bush said he will likely sign a bill that would make Florida one of the most restrictive states in the nation for college professors and students interested in traveling abroad.
The bill bans travel to five countries identified as "terrorist states," including Cuba, WESH 2 News reported.
Professors and students alike are angered by a proposal to ban scholarly travel to five countries.
Cuba, Syria, Iran, North Korea and the Sudan would all be off-limits for college or university-sponsored research trips if Bush signs the bill passed by lawmakers earlier this month.
Florida A & M University student Dominique Drake is a double major in business and Spanish. Drake thinks limiting research travel is shortsighted and narrow-minded.
"Our economy is a global economy, and we can't just focus on what's going on in America," she said. "We need to know what's going on all over the world."
Supporters of the bill said the issue is terrorism. They don't think taxpayers' money should be used to pay for research trips to countries that sanction terrorist activities.
The bill also restricts college and universities from using privately-raised funds for trips to the five countries dubbed terror states. Bush thinks that money could be better spent.
"I think whatever research, legitimate research that has been done in the past, and I don't think it's a lot, it doesn't warrant the use of resources for travel," Bush said.
But opponents argue restricting academic freedom sends the wrong message in the war on terror.
State Rep. David Rivera sponsored the bill after two Florida International University professors were charged with being Cuban spies.
Once the bill arrives on Bush's desk, he'll have 15 days to decide whether to sign it.
Tuesday, May 23, 2006
Go to Detroit instead
Lets be honest, who the hell wants to travel to places like Syria, Iran, North Korea and the Sudan, no matter how leftist you are. Ah, but the communist paradise of Kuba is far more desirable to the fidel loving academia, and it really pisses them off that they cannot travel there as easily as they would like. Hey, Cubans are not allowed to freely travel ANYWHERE, including within their own country. If you really want to visit a place that is plagued by a leftist (way beyond liberal) government, is economically bankrupt, and absoluletely corrupt...go to Detroit!