We keep hearing that the people in the United States on student visas are here to enrich their learning and return home without disrupting American life, but a recent incident in Montgomery, Alabama, tells a different tale.
“An individual violates Section 844(i) if she or he maliciously damages or destroys, or attempts to damage or destroy, by means of fire or an explosive, any building, vehicle, or other real or personal property used in interstate or foreign commerce or in any activity affecting interstate or foreign commerce,” according to a statement issued by Stewart.
That’s a hefty increase at four hundred percent.
Pastor Mark L. Bethea posted on Facebook that the fires were started in the sanctuary and the historic Stakely Sanctuary. Firefighters, he said, arrived quickly and minimized what he said could have been a catastrophic event.
Bethea said the blaze destroyed several pews and damaged the carpet in the sanctuary and did some damage to the carpet in the Stakely Sanctuary. There was smoke and soot throughout the church and the reception office was destroyed.
According to charging documents against Yan, she used an “open-flame to ignite an ignitable liquid,” causing $25,000 in damage to First Baptist Church on Perry Street.
As of this writing, Yan’s student visa has been revoked.