This item by Matthew Yglesias illustrates the stupidity of our “zero tolerance” policies.
Shooting guard Bol Kong has drawn interest from a number of universities and recently received a scholarship offer from Gonzaga. It is the defense he has met off the court that has slowed him — and could prevent him from ever playing for the Bulldogs or anyone else in the United States. Kong, 20, is originally from Sudan, which is listed by the United States as a state sponsor of terrorism. Although he has lived in Canada since age 7, he does not hold citizenship there. He has been denied a visa to study in the United States three times, and it is unclear if he will ever satisfy the requirements for entry.
In other words, our wonderful government, in its infinite wisdom, assumes that every citizen of a country listed as a ‘state sponsor of terrorism’ is considered a terrorist regardless of his background or circumstances.