White House reverses ICE policy on international students and online-only classes Featured

White House reverses ICE policy on international students and online-only classes KVOE News file photo

International students considering whether to attend Emporia State University -- or any other American college or university, for that matter -- can breathe easy after the Trump administration relented on plans to have them go elsewhere for education under certain circumstances.

Earlier this month, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said foreign students in the United States on visas would have to attend classes in person. If their colleges went to online-only education, the students would face the choice of attending college somewhere else or risk deportation.

Higher education institutions responded en masse, with several universities like Harvard and MIT filing legal challenges. The government had set a deadline Wednesday for universities to submit education plans. It now reverts to guidance from early in the pandemic when it allowed schools to follow public health guidance and education contingency plans.

Recently, Emporia State Dean of International Education General Administration Mark Daly said the Office of International Education had received a lot of calls from concerned international students and their parents about the situation here. A handful of students had decided not to come to ESU as a result of the ICE directive. ESU's international student body is over 1,000 students hailing from over 45 countries.

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Last modified on Tuesday, 14 July 2020 21:17