Victory for International Students

The federal government’s withdrawal of the DHS and ICE rules that would require international students to leave the U.S. or transfer schools if their college or university holds only online classes this fall is a major victory for higher education. Numerous lawsuits filed by higher education institutions plus massive letter writing campaigns to Congress and Homeland Security are believed to have persuaded the Administration to rescind the July 6 guidelines.

On behalf of Achieving the Dream, President and CEO Dr. Karen A. Stout signed a letter from the American Council on Education and 80 other national associations urging the administration to “rethink its position and offer international students and institutions the flexibility necessary to safely navigate resuming their educational activities in the midst of this crisis in ways that take into account the health and safety of our students and staff in the upcoming academic year.”
ATD Network colleges were encouraged to sign as well.

In a statement to the Network last week, ATD wrote “ICE proposed guidelines show a lack of regard for international students and the diversity, innovation, ingenuity, and economic investments they bring to our campuses and communities.”

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