On the international student ban

Published: 7/10/2020 1:12:36 PM
Modified: 7/10/2020 1:12:26 PM

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is telling international students on F-1 and M-1 visas that if their school is conducting courses exclusively online, they must leave the country or transfer to an institution with in-person instruction — or they’ll be deemed in the U.S. illegally and subject to deportation.

This ban will impact many students at UMass Amherst and at other area colleges.

This is a terrible blow to international students who may not be able to continue their education and it is problematic for many reasons. U.S. students benefit from the rich addition of international perspectives and the U.S. thrives when we bring the world’s greatest minds to our shores. Colleges depend on the income as the tuition paid by international students subsidizes domestic students.

Our local colleges, and thus our local economies, are already facing disastrous financial effects from the pandemic. Turning away international students who contribute in so many ways to our communities and who have done nothing wrong is harmful to all of us.

The ban is yet another act of racism, xenophobia and plain old meanness at a time when our humanity calls us to be more welcoming and accommodating. Please call your members of Congress and tell them you oppose the international student ban.

Gisele Litalien


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