Trump’s War on International Students

On July 6, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement announced stunning new guidelines for colleges and universities preparing to return to classes in the fall during the pandemic. ICE said that international students whose universities go all-online in the fall would not be able to remain in the United States.

Students whose universities returned to in-person instruction would be able to remain, and students whose universities went to a hybrid model of in-person and online classes could stay if they certified that their classes were not entirely online. But nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 visa holders—international student visas—would be rescinded if those universities go online-only.

The announcement was immediately met with uproar. Students have told stories of returning to dangerous situations in their home countries and finding it impossible or too expensive to self-deport.

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