Sen. Tom Cotton Proposes Banning Chinese Students From Studying Science in the US

Sen. Tom Cotton (R-Ark.) says the United States should place limits on visas for Chinese students.

In an interview on Fox News’ “Sunday Morning Futures,” Cotton said that Chinese students should not be able to receive visas to earn science-related degrees at colleges in the United States. 

“If Chinese students want to come here and study Shakespeare and the Federalist Papers, that’s what they need to learn from America,” he said. “They don’t need to learn quantum computing.”

He added, “It is a scandal to me that we have trained so many of the Chinese Communist Party’s brightest minds.”

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Several Republican lawmakers have called for legislation to punish China for its handling of the coronavirus outbreak. 

Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) said he believes the U.S. should “sanction the hell out of China for spreading pandemics.” He also echoed calls to “cancel some of the debt that we owe to China.”

Sens. Martha McSally (R-Ariz.) and Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) introduced legislation that would do just that. 

And Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) called for the U.S. to “rethink its approach to China.”

Republicans have blasted China’s government for reportedly hiding information about the virus in the early days of the outbreak. They have argued that if China reacted sooner, it could have stopped the spread of the virus.

Some Republican lawmakers have even proposed sending a bill to China to cover the costs of the pandemic. They noted that Congress has allocated several trillion dollars aimed at fighting the coronavirus and mitigating the economic fallout. 

Meanwhile, Missouri and Missippi sued China for billions of dollars in damages from the pandemic. In a statement, Missouri Attorney General Eric Schmitt blasted China for engaging in an “appalling campaign of deceit, concealment, misfeasance, and inaction.”

“Defendants are responsible for the enormous death, suffering, and economic losses they inflicted on the world, including Missourians, and they should be held accountable,” Schmitt added.

However, experts have noted that it is unlikely those lawsuits will make it very far due to the 1976 Foreign Sovereign Immunities Act (FSIA) which is designed to protect foreign governments from lawsuits from within the U.S. 


  1. Outstanding idea, Sen. Cotton. The US kicked the Saudi pilot trainees out of the US after the terrorist attack on the Navy base in Northwest Florida. The Army Major – a Muslim – still hasn’t been executed for killing his fellow soldiers on their way to Afghanistan because he didn’t want to go for religious reasons. And we have not enjoyed the thanks we received on 9/11 by those Middle Eastern terrorists who were receiving Gov’t training here to kill as many of us as possible.

    AMERICA FIRST. Kick them ALL out.

  2. Senator Cotton has come up with some of the wackiest ideas ever floated. He admitted he is the one who introduced Trump to the idea of buying Greenland, which was not for sale. Cotton admitted his opposition to the Iran Nuclear Deal was based on his support for military intervention with Iran.—Yes, just what every American wanted: another war in the Middle East.
    The kindest thing I can think of to say about Sen. Cotton is we should thank him for his military service.

  3. Hey Cotton ! Who’s responsible for you being the heartless, mindless, soulless butt hole you are ?

    1. Your post reminded me of a quote I read several yrs ago about Cotton. It was around the time he got R Senators to sign his letter to Iran. I can not locate it to quote it, but it described Cotton as Sarah Palin with an Ivy league degree, Ted Cruz with military service and Chris Christie with a southern accent. Now many of our fellow IJR posters will consider those complimentary, but they were not positive comparisons even a few years ago.

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