The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Friday that international students who plan to enroll in fully online classes will be barred from entering the country. Came as announcementAnd as colleges and universities For fall semester
“Not able to enter the US after March 9 to enroll in a US school as a non-student student in the fall to pursue a full course of study to non-student students in new or starting positions Will be 100 percent online, “ICE said in its press release
The department also said that designated school officials are not there to provide I-20 forms to new international students who declare their legal student status. This guidance includes new international students who are outside the US and wish to take online-only classes at a learning institution certified by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.
The ICE has tried to implement similar guidance earlier this year, saying that international school-going students who are only learning this fall will either have to transfer schools, leaving the country. Will or possibly be deported. The departmentOn 14 July.
Now, international students who were “actively enrolled” at a US school on March 9 will not be affected by Friday’s guidance, ICE said.
According to the Institute of International Education, as of November, there were more than 1 million international students in the US.
Of the more than 1,250 colleges in the US, 12% are turning to an online-only model this fall, according to the Chronicle of Higher Education, which is tracking college plans for the upcoming semester. The University of California, Clemson University, Harvard University and Princeton University are among the colleges advancing online.
In May, theIssued guidance for how colleges and universities should enter in the upcoming semester. The lowest risk option for spreading the coronavirus, according to the CDC, is for schools to “engage in virtual-only learning options, activities and events”, and to close residence halls where possible.
According to Johns Hopkins University data, the number of confirmed coronovirus cases in the US has almost doubled since early June. According to the CDC, college-age students – those between the ages of 18 and 29 – make up about 21% of cases in the US.
The ICE announcement on Friday was met with criticism.
In a tweet, American Civil Liberties Union Said that the Trump administration is “exploiting the epidemic to target immigrant youth,” and that the new policy “will disrupt the lives of hundreds of thousands of students.” The organization said that Congress should “investigate” the ban.
New Jersey Governor Phil Murphy called the ICE announcement “an attack on our international students”.
“These rules are unnecessary and un-American, and in the midst of a public health crisis there is no time to play with the future of our students,” Tweeted.
The New Jersey Office of the Secretary of Education described the news as “unreliable and illegal and illegal”.
“Just 10 days ago, @ICEgov canceled his directive. Now here we go again with xenophobic and illegal antics,” the office Tweeted. “We consider neo-enrollment international students part of our New Jersey family, whether they are learning online or not. ICE should too.”