Trump admin. rescinds policy to deport international students

    President Donald J. Trump delivers remarks at the International Association of Chiefs of Police Annual Conference and Exposition Monday, Oct. 28, 2019, at the McCormick Place Convention Center Chicago in Chicago. | Official White House Photo: Shealah Craighead via Flickr Public Domain

    The President Trump administration rescinded a recent policy that would have deported hundreds of thousands of international students had their classes remained online during the COVID-19 pandemic. 

    On July 6, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students would need to return to their home countries if classes remain virtual this fall. The policy also only gave colleges and universities until Wednesday to inform the federal government of their plans for remote courses and require that each international student is certified for in-person classes by Aug. 4 in order to maintain their visa status. 

    “This policy would have left thousands of international students no choice but to leave the United States, and my colleagues and I couldn’t stand by while this administration took another action to perpetuate a divisive message, while endangering lives and robbing our educational institutions of crucial financial resources,” Attorney General Dana Nessel said. 

    Nessel sues ICE for threats to deport international students if classes are online

    Nessel, along with 17 other attorneys general, filed a lawsuit on Monday in the U.S. District Court in Massachusetts against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and ICE seeking an injunction to stop the rule.

    “The recklessness of this administration may have been reined in, and we have avoided what would have been an extremely unfortunate situation for thousands of international students, but I will be ready to hold this administration accountable for any future missteps,” she said.

    Allison Donahue
    Allison Donahue covers education, women's issues and LGBTQ issues. Previously, she was a suburbs reporter at the St. Cloud Times in St. Cloud, Minn., covering local education and government. As a graduate of Grand Valley State University, she has previous experience as a freelance researcher for USA Today and an intern with WOOD TV-8. When she is away from her desk, she spends her time going to concerts, comedy shows or getting lost on hikes in different places around the world.