Dingell Statement on ICE Policy to Remove International Students
Washington, July 7, 2020
WASHINGTON, DC – Today, Congresswoman Debbie Dingell (D-MI) released the following statement after the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced modifications to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) that would mean students taking a full online course load cannot remain in the United States:
“My district is home to thousands of international students attending Michigan universities, who are dedicated to their studies. Among all the uncertainty, it’s disturbing that the federal government would initiate removal proceedings for international students especially given it is a reversal of an earlier decision taken by the agency at the on-set of the pandemic. Online courses are safe and sensible ways for universities to protect their students while continuing to provide a quality education while scientists study the best way to ensure students can learn in a safe environment.
“Removing these students due to circumstances beyond their control is senseless and concerning. There does not appear to be any public benefit to the US, it will harm the quality of education students receive because of the many logistical challenges, while not in the classroom many remain on campus and in the community contributing to educations and cultural experiences in many other ways, and many have already signed leases and paid tuition as well.
“I urge DHS to immediately reconsider this newly announced policy, and work with Congress, students, and institutions of higher education to continue providing the highest education and safety for students living and learning in the United States.”