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The U.S. government has revoked the work visa of a Muslim scholar who planned to teach at the University of Notre Dame during the fall semester. The visa of Tariq Ramadan, a Swiss citizen, was pulled at the request of the Department of Homeland Security, according to news reports. Ramadan, who has been criticized for remarks labeled anti-Semitic and for alleged ties to Islamic militants, had been scheduled to start teaching last month. Department of Homeland Security spokesman Russ Knocke said the work visa was revoked because of a section in federal law regarding aliens who have used a “position of prominence within any country to endorse and espouse terrorist activity.” Notre Dame spokesman Matt Storin differed with the department’s assessment, saying Ramadan is a voice for moderation in the Muslim world and a distinguished scholar.


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