Trump & Co. making their last grasps before the election….
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday that international students in the U.S. whose schools switch to online classes for the fall semester will have to leave the country or risk violating their visa status.
Under the new rule, foreign nationals enrolled in U.S. educational institutions will have to leave the country unless part of their course load this fall is taken in-person.
The Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) had allowed for foreign students to take their spring and summer 2020 courses online while remaining in the United States, in response to the COVID-19 pandemic.
SEVP, the institution that sets the rules for student visas, is run by ICE, which is generally dedicated to immigration enforcement.
In its announcement, SEVP said foreign students who do not transfer to in-person programs and remain in the United States while enrolled in online courses could face “immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”
Students taking in-person programs will be allowed to remain in the country, while schools with hybrid online/in-person courses will be required to certify their programs are not entirely online….
According to the Commerce Department, international students contributed $45 billion to the U.S. economy in 2018. …
Hillary Clinton in a tweet on Tuesday called a decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to require international students to leave the U.S. or risk violating their visa status if their schools switch to online classes in the fall “cruel” and “unnecessary.”
“This move is cruel, unnecessary, and counterproductive to America’s long-term interests. A Trump administration special,” Clinton said….