Republican Senators Tom Cotton and Marco Rubio are condemning President Biden’s choice to end a Trump-era policy that tracks Chinese influence in American classrooms and universities. The Trump policy, “Establishing Requirement for Student and Exchange Visitor Program Certified Schools to Disclose Agreements with Confucius Institutes and Classrooms” required K-12 schools and colleges with foreign exchange programs to disclose “any contracts, partnerships or financial transactions from Confucius Institutes for Classrooms.”
The Biden administration quietly ended the program in late January according to a confirmation from an ICE spokesperson.
The Daily Wire reports:
“Confucius Institutes are front groups for the Chinese Communist Party on American campuses,” Cotton said. “The federal government ought to shut down these regime-run institutes or, at a minimum, require colleges to disclose their secret agreements with them. Instead, the Biden administration is allowing a foreign influence operation to continue in the shadows.”
Cotton and Rubio are skeptical of the Chinese government’s influence on American campuses as universities have increasingly worked to cover up donations from China and other hostile nations. According to a report from the Senate Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, nearly 70 percent of schools that received more than $250,000 from organizations related to the Chinese government underreported their funding as legally required.
A Washington Free Beacon review of federal records found that more than 100 United States universities have Confucius Institutes. Confucius Institutes are Chinese government-backed programs that push Chinese Communist propaganda on American students.
Data from the Department of Education shows that several top-tier universities, including Ivy League institutions, failed to report more than $3 billion in foreign gifts and funds, much of which came from China. A report from the Clarion Project found that between 2014 and 2019 universities reported a total of $11 billion in foreign donations, though the true number is over $14 billion.
Why would the Biden administration end the program? Is this just the latest attempt from Biden to destroy Trump’s legacy or is this a sign of something far more sinister? Tell us what you think in the comments below!
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