An open letter to the U.S. Congress

New ICE policy re international students

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I’m writing on behalf of all the international students in the country impacted by the recent ICE policy issued on July 6th. ICE is threatening to remove all international students whose schools and universities have moved online only due to the coronavirus pandemic. They are forcing international students to risk their health for their immigration status by making them take classes in-person to avoid deportation. And this policy is threatening to sabotage the country's competitive technical edge afforded by the many very well educated foreigners that make this country home after school and start companies. Intel is one of those companies. Maybe you've heard of it. They have also stated that if a school has to move online only for ANY reason, international students will have to leave the country. This means that if schools shut down due to virus surges, international students will have to leave. This policy is unjust and inhumane. ICE should ensure that international students are safe while accessing their education. They should make a temporary exemption to their rules to allow international students to continue taking online classes. Congress must do everything in their power to pressure ICE to reverse their decision and adopt a more humane policy. They are not only putting immigrants at risk, they are putting hundreds of thousands of American faculty and students at risk of catching the coronavirus and risk harming the fragile revenue stream schools depend on from international student tuition. International students should not have to choose between COVID-19 and deportation.”

First sent on July 8, 2020 by Michael

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