Foreign students could be forced to leave U.S

Harvard University has announced that it will conduct course instruction online for the 2020-2021 academic year

Harvard University has announced that it will conduct course instruction online for the 2020-2021 academic year

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, headquartered in Washington, D.C., announced a new set of rules for nonimmigrant students in light of the coronavirus pandemic.

President Donald Trump has not yet made a public statement about the agency's decision, though staff and faculty from schools have already begun to speak out.

"SCHOOLS MUST OPEN IN THE FALL!" he tweeted Monday.

"They think it will help them in November".

"I will be returning to Manhattan soon anyways since Columbia University has been trying to incorporate in-person classes in the upcoming semester, but I'm personally anxious of not being properly treated for the virus if I get infected".

US Senator Elizabeth Warren tweeted that "kicking worldwide students out of the US during a global pandemic because their colleges are moving classes online for physical distancing hurts students".

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The new guidance comes in the wake of a series of measures to restrict foreigners from United States work and study, on the grounds that they take jobs that Americans could do at a time when the economy has flatlined due to pandemic-induced restrictions on businesses and gatherings.

The ICE announcement comes as some universities, including Harvard, announce plans to move their lectures online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

If their school shifts online, worldwide students now in the United States will have to leave the country or transfer to a school with some in-person learning.

The new guidance is likely to create "enormous confusion" among universities as they prepare for the term, said Terry Hartle, senior vice president of the American Council on Education, which represents university presidents. It's unclear how many students will be affected by the new guidelines. Farnsworth added that this uncertainty is particularly serious for worldwide students whose institutions could drop in-person classes.

Similarly, the global education group NAFSA said schools must be allowed to make decisions for their own campuses. School administrations partly blame visa processing delay.

"As worldwide students, and as minorities, we are expected to prove why we belong here and that in itself is something that drives anxiety and uncertainty".

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In a recent letter to the departments of State and Homeland Security, the American Council on Education and 38 other associations had requested continuing flexibility on guidance issued concerning worldwide students. Last year, universities in the USA attracted almost 1.1 million students from overseas.

Critics quickly hit back at the decision. Bernie Sanders, the Vermont independent, said the "cruelty of this White House knows no bounds".

Foreign students who wish to return/remain in the U.S. during the autumn semester must ensure that their classes will not be taught online. "We must stand up to Trump's bigotry".

Muqtadir Khan, a Masters student at a university in OH, says that the decision has ensued panic among Pakistani students in the US.

Dozens of USA colleges have announced plans to provide in-person classes this fall, but some have said it's too risky. The rest of the state's two- and four-year colleges and universities plan to teach using a hybrid model, with some classes online and some classes in-person.

Harvard on Monday said it would invite first-term students to live on campus, but classes would continue to be held online.

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The rule makes an exception for students enrolled at colleges using a hybrid model this fall. ICE notified schools of the changes Monday and said a formal rule would be forthcoming. He had also revised border policies, allowing rapid deportation of immigrants caught at the border and cutting off access to the US Asylum system.

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