I'm getting depressed because of the plethora of articles in today's NY-times about how difficult it is to get a visa and stay in the U.S. Every year there's this sudden awareness of "oh, the U.S. is mean to its internationals" but nothing is ever done about it. I guess this year it's worse for me because it makes me wonder if i want to apply here for grad school or not, and i just can't make up my mind. It's seems pretty clear that it doesn't matter how successful you are but if you're trying to get into the U.S. you're always going to have to jump hoops. Anyway back to the articles, I liked "The Line of No Return" because it really covered the actual experience of all the red tape in the visa process and the mixed up emotions where you feel like you have been offended but you don't know how or why. "You Can't Get Here From There" was HORRID, however, the article basically said that international students are needed because they can spread american views and ideals to the rest of the world and the fields of engineering and economics would collapse without them. With "allies" like that who needs enemies?