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Wednesday, July 15, 2020

Trump Administration Rescinds Plan To Strip Visas From International Students In Online Classes, But New International Student Enrollment Is Projected To Fall Up To 98%

New York Times, U.S. Rescinds Plan to Strip Visas From International Students in Online Classes:

In a rare and swift immigration policy reversal, the Trump administration on Tuesday bowed to snowballing opposition from universities, Silicon Valley and 20 states and abandoned a plan to strip international college students of their visas if they did not attend at least some classes in person.

The policy, which would have subjected foreign students to deportation if they did not show up for class on campus, had thrown the higher education world into turmoil at a time when universities are grappling with whether to reopen campuses during the coronavirus pandemic.

The loss of international students could have cost universities millions of dollars in tuition and jeopardized the ability of U.S. companies to hire the highly skilled workers who often start their careers with an American education.

Washington Post, Even With the Administration’s About-Face on International Student Visas, Enrollment Is Still Set to Plummet:

Enrollment of new international students at U.S. universities in the fall semester of the 2020-2021 academic year is projected to decline 63 to 98 percent from 2018-2019 levels, according to a National Foundation for American Policy analysis. That wide range of estimates reflects uncertainty about how other immigration measures will be implemented over the coming weeks.

The most pessimistic figure in that range would place enrollment of new foreign students at its lowest level since the end of World War II.

Two major U.S. policy decisions are expected to hold back enrollment.

First, U.S. embassies and consulates around the world suspended routine services amid pandemic closures; that includes processing of student visas. ...

Additionally, many countries are still subject to U.S. travel bans related to the pandemic. ...

Even though the administration dropped its controversial recent policy barring visas to all international students whose classes have gone online-only, the administration is reportedly considering another, narrower ban that could apply only to newly enrolled students. 

Would you come to the United States under these conditions?

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Comments

Great. We should discourage soon-to-be Democrat voters from coming here.

Posted by: Anon | Jul 15, 2020 10:12:36 AM

There were no new rules to "strip visas". There have always been rules against taking online courses for student visas. Why do they need to come here for online? Leave the visas for students who need to have in person teaching. So, the Trump admin waived the existing rules in the spring for spring and summer sessions and only announced that they were returning to the original rules - except with some waivers in place.

This has been so badly misreported it is sickening.

Posted by: William Wiltsch | Jul 15, 2020 6:58:20 PM

WP Quote: "... controversial recent policy barring visas to all international students whose classes have gone online-only."

That "recent policy" is a law dating back 10 years, with an exception made last spring due to the virus. Why bother to read news outlets that can't even get the basic facts of an issue right?

NYT Quote: The loss of international students could have cost universities millions of dollars in tuition and jeopardized the ability of U.S. companies to hire the highly skilled workers who often start their careers with an American education.

Another blunder by our clueless press, this time it demonstrates an ability to think cause and effect. If a huge percentage of these students aren't going to come here anyway for reasons related to the virus, the enforcement of that policy wasn't going to have the harmful impacts the NYT claims.

This isn't news. It's just more ill-conceived anti-Trump propaganda.

Posted by: Mike Perry | Jul 16, 2020 6:20:46 AM