Trump Admin Rescinds Rule on International Students and Distance Learning

Eight days after it was announced, the Trump administration has rescinded a policy that would have put immigrant students at risk of deportation if their schools continue distance learning this fall.

“This sudden reversal by ICE is a win for common sense and for public health. Revoking the visas of international students in the midst of a pandemic would have put students’ futures, their communities’ health, and the U.S. economy in further jeopardy,” University of California Board of Regents Chair John A. Pérez and President Janet Napolitano said in a joint statement. “UC will continue putting our students’ health and safety first — and we will be keeping a watchful eye on what the administration might propose next should we need to step in again.”

California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley agreed but said CCC officials “remain cautious about the intentions of ICE and the Trump administration as it relates to international students, and we will continue to pursue further clarification and protections for all of our students.”

“The decision to withdraw the misguided policy guidance provides a welcome measure of relief to returning international students pursuing their higher education goals through the California State University,” said CSU spokesperson Toni Molle. “There are still outstanding questions related to new students, and it is our hope that forthcoming clarification will maintain opportunities for those students. We continue to review for potential impacts, and as we gain more clarity will share additional guidance.”

The state of California, the University of California, California State University, and California Community Colleges all sued the federal government after the policy was first announced. The Golden State is home to the largest number of International students in the nation.

Read more at EdSource