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I.C.E says international students could be asked to leave the U.S if classes go online


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U.S Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students would be told to leave the United States or transfer to another university offering in-person teaching to stay "remain in lawful status" and avoid deportation.

  • F-1 & M-1 students attending schools offering a hybrid model—will be allowed to take more than one class.

  • According to ICE, nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not receive a full online course load and to remain in the United States.


Why it matters:

Both Long Beach City College and CSULB switched to remote learning for the 2020 fall semester.

  • CSU system, Chancellor Timothy White announced during a virtual meeting, that most of its 23 campuses would offer online learning stating; "limited exceptions for in-person activities that cannot be delivered virtually are indispensable to the university's core mission and can be conducted within the rigorous standards of safety and welfare."

  • LA Times reported that the majority of classes at UCLA would be held virtually.

What they're saying:

  • Gregory Woods CSULB Director, News Media Services: "At this time, we and the CSU Chancellor’s Office are still reviewing the announced federal policies regarding international students. Although we are in this process, I can confirm that we have about 1,700 international students at CSULB, and that we are potentially offering about 320 course sections with hybrid/in-person learning modalities mainly with courses that have labs and clinical requirements."

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