If anyone loves U.S., it's the Chinese


There's one people that believes the United States is the greatest nation on earth.

The Chinese.

They invest in our bonds. They go to college here. They want to give birth here. They even send their children to high school here.

In the Antelope Valley, a controversy erupted over whether Antelope Valley Hospital should take in woman from China to give birth, with critics saying the plan amounts to selling U.S. citizenship for the newborns.

Obviously, the Chinese see a benefit in children being Americans: a safe haven in turmoil, an advantage in seeking college admission.

For years, Chinese students have flocked to American universities - more than 13,000 students at University of California campuses are from outside the United States - and spend lots of money to go there: foreign students are paying $36,000 in tuition and fees at University of California campuses this year, compared to $13,200 for Californians.

A 2012 poll of students at national high schools in major Chinese cities found that 78% were interested in enrolling in American colleges.

Asked to rate the quality of colleges in the United States, Britain and Canada, the Chinese students gave the U.S. the best marks for academic quality, teaching critical thinking, the quality of facilities and prestige. (Britain was on top in campus beauty and an emphasis on the liberal arts.)

Now Chinese students are coming at younger ages.

While Americans bemoan the quality of U.S. schools and worry that our children are out-taught and outsmarted by the Japanese, the Belgians, or the Finns, the Chinese are sending their children here.

Private schools have long drawn Chinese students, but now public schools are accepting them - and their parents' money.

In Riverside County's Murrieta Valley Unified School District, officials entered an agreement in 2012 with Tower Bridge International that paves the way for as many as 100 Chinese students to attend its high schools for a tuition price of $10,500 a year.

Similar tuition agreements have brought dozens of Chinese students to schools in Chico, Walnut Valley, Chino Valley, Hacienda La Puente and one near Yosemite.

This is despite immigration law restrictions that limit foreign students to one year of study at U.S. public schools, though not at private schools.

And that restriction might change.

A bill now pending in the House of Representatives would lift the cap of one-year visas for tuition-paying foreign students in American public high schools.

The bill, which would permit foreign students on non-immigrant visas to attend public high schools for longer than one year if they pay the full, unsubsidized cost, is called the Strengthening America's Public Schools Through Promoting Foreign Investment Act.

Foreign investment: in the American economy, in American debt, in American schools.

What a country.


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