On July 6, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a communique expelling international students if they are enrolled in online programs only: “Students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.”
Because ICE’s announcement runs counter to safety measures taken by many institutions of higher education, the ruling has prompted legal action against the U.S. government by Harvard and MIT. Uncertain what the results of these lawsuits may be and in an effort to prevent this ICE guidance from becoming a regulation, we at INTERLINK have written to our representatives in D.C., expressing our opposition. Here, please find a template available for the public to use when writing their senators and congressmen/congresswomen.
We hope you will join us in voicing opposition to this unjust and unsafe decision, and help institutions of higher education strive to maintain and cultivate a rich and diverse higher education environment. For your information, below see others’ expressions of opposition:
- Sending international students home would sap US influence and hurt the economy– The Conversation (David DiMaria, Associate Vice Provost for International Education at University of Maryland Baltimore County)
- After ICE cracks down on online learning, international students scramble for backup plans – The Washington Post
- Trump Visa Rules Seen as Way to Pressure Colleges on Reopening – New York Times