Dems go ballistic over student visa tightening for colleges with online-only classes

Dems go ballistic over student visa tightening for colleges with online-only classes
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[Ed. – ICE is right: there’s no reason foreign students need to be in the U.S. if there are no on-campus activities (starting with the most basic: classes).  In fact, the lack of attendance-monitored or other record-leaving activities (such as meal plans) makes it harder to track the visa-holders and know they are complying with their requirements.  Shortly after ICE’s policy was announced, Harvard rushed out to say it would go ahead and hold some on-campus classes.  That has a problematic whiff: American students who won’t be eligible for on-campus classes should pay full tuition, in part so foreign students can get visas to be present on campus?  Explain what we have these institutions for, again?  Emphasis by TH.]

International students must leave the country this fall if their colleges are remote only. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the news on Monday …

“Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” the statement said.

This rule has always applied to F-1 and M-1 visa holders and is nothing new. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program has always had these regulations in place.

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Temporary exemptions were given to these students back in the spring due to the aggressive spread of the virus forcing colleges to close. …

“This move is cruel, unnecessary, and counterproductive to America’s long-term interests,” said Hillary Clinton. “A Trump administration special.”

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