2020-07-15

Many American colleges sued the Trump administration, the United States announced the withdrawal of new regulations for international student visas

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[Text/Observer Wang Xiong Chaoran] under the leadership of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, More than 10 American colleges and universities jointly protested, and 17 states and Washington DC jointly filed a lawsuit. Eventually, the White House was still”counseling.”

According to”USA Today” and other US media reports on the 14th local time, the Trump administration decided on the same day to agree to revoke the visa policy for international students that was announced last week.

On July 6, when the epidemic of the new coronary pneumonia in the United States was not alleviated, the Trump administration issued new regulations. If the school has only online courses in the fall semester, international students in the United States must leave the country. This has led to a large number of international students who will face the consequences of being unable to enter or even being expelled. To ensure their normal learning, some colleges and universities will have to open the door to resume classes.

In the Trump administration’s view, only full re-opening of the school in the fall and the implementation of face-to-face classes will allow all students to return to school and parents who will take care of their children at home to return to work. There is only hope for recovery and picking up.

This controversial regulation caused an uproar at the time, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology The prestigious school then filed a lawsuit in the Massachusetts District Court, prosecuting the Trump administration, demanding that this policy of”deliberately pressing the university” and”ignoring teachers and students’ health and safety concerns” be stopped.

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Screenshot of”USA Today” report

Reported that Massachusetts Boston Federal District The court announced the news at the case hearing on the 14th. The court stated that the United States Department of Homeland Security (DHS)’s US Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agreed to revoke a visa policy prohibiting international students from studying online courses in the United States. The two parties involved in the case have reached a settlement.

At the same time, the U.S. government agreed to reinstate a rule previously implemented in March, and all courses attended by international students during the epidemic can be conducted through online courses. The Harvard Crimson also reported and confirmed the news on its website.

Last Monday (6th), the US Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement suddenly issued a new notice on its official website, amending the temporary visa entry policy for international students in the fall online course. Among them, the most interesting rule is that international students who apply for this fall semester courses will not be able to obtain visas if the school only offers online courses. Students who are already in the United States must leave the country or transfer to a face-to-face school Otherwise, you must leave the country.

As soon as this new policy was announced, it immediately triggered strong opposition from the US and global education communities. The recent epidemic situation in the United States is still grim, because of the fear that the offline face-to-face teaching method will threaten the health of teachers and students, and may cause an epidemic outbreak on campus. Many American colleges originally planned to implement full network teaching in the autumn semester. mode.

However, this new rule for international student visas is a heavy blow to some international students and schools. The Trump administration’s epidemic prevention is weak, and now it is eager to require all schools to resume school and resume classes for the sake of economic interests. This completely disregard for the health of teachers and students eventually angered many people in the education industry.

Regarding this policy, Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology not only express their opposition, but also have a very tough attitude. On the 8th, the two universities even sued the Trump administration, demanding that this policy be stopped. The defendants were the heads of the US Department of Homeland Security, the US Department of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and their respective departments.

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Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed an indictment with the Massachusetts District Court on the 8th

In the following days, several US universities also joined in and announced their support for this”litigation””War”, which includes the University of Southern California, one of the universities with the most international students in the United States.

At the University of Oklahoma, many foreign students gathered on the 13th to protest. Amer Begovic, chairman of an international student organization at the school, said:”We were promised in March that we could stay here until the epidemic completely ended.”

According to”USA Today” reports, the new regulations for visas for international students are now”obsolete”, which has inspired many people in the education industry. Terry Hartle, senior vice chairman of the American Council on Education, said that now school leaders at various schools can finally put aside such things as”reopening school” and think about what kind of things Practice is the best for students.

However, Hart also admitted that even if the policy is adjusted now, he expects that the number of international students will fall this fall, because the epidemic has caused some embassies and consulates to close, and some students cannot Obtain a visa before the semester begins.

According to statistics from an American institution called the Institute of International Education, the number of international students studying in the United States reached approximately 1.1 million in the 2018-2019 school year, accounting for the total population of higher education in the United States 5.5%. According to data from the US Department of Commerce, in 2018, international students contributed nearly US$45 billion to the US economy.

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