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Trump Administration Terminates Plans To Deport Foreign Students


BY: Danyal Khan



On Tuesday, a federal judge in Boston declared that the Trump administration has dropped its policy that would have potentially deported international students who only take online courses from the US. It was only last week when Immigration and Customs Enforcement declared that students who were enrolled in colleges that only offered online because of the COVID-19 pandemic would need to either depart from the country of transfer schools. The White House is now focused on applying the rule to new students, instead of students that are already residing in the USA. US District Judge Allison Burroughs stated that the administration will go back to implementing the policy that was in effect in March of this year. This policy is more beneficial for students who were enrolled in programs that were switched to all-online due to the pandemic. 



Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) President L. Rafael Reif acknowledged the government’s decision this past Tuesday where he stated that this case is an example of how real lives are at stake, and how real lives can be ruined. He also said that policymaking should be conducted with more humanity and decency, not the opposite. The decision was also made after the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University had sued the government for trying to implement this plan. It is statistically proven how substantial numbers of foreign students go to the USA for educational purposes every year. It is also statistically proven how the universities’ revenue benefits off of foreign students. 



Many universities had moved to online instructions due to the pandemic and to continue to curb the spread of COVID-19 through implementing social distancing in this way. However, President Trump has been working towards the re-opening of universities and schools as he wants students to return to classrooms at the start of the new term. Mr. Trump looks at the re-opening of these educational institutions as a sign of recovery after a lengthy period of disruption due to the pandemic. This would also play a main role in his reelection in November. However, the authorities in the education sector believe that going along with Trump’s plan would potentially put student wellbeing at a high risk. Therefore, they believe that continuing to practice social distancing would be a safer option for the time being.



This policy of deporting foreign students would have initially applied to academic and vocational students who hold F-1 and M-1 visas. It has been reported that the state department had issued around 388, 839 F visas and 9, 518 M visas in the previous year, courtesy of the agency’s data. 



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