July 6, the Trump Administration announced its plan to kick out students under student visa out of the country if classes are to be conducted online. He has been pushing schools to fully reopen for the fall semester despite of the rising COVID cases in the country.
Foreign students have not been taking the news well. And various educational institutions have failed to come up with alternative solutions for if/when the order is implemented. The aftermath of this action could cost the US education more or less $23 billion, and a 15% decline in enrollment for the upcoming academic year for institutions all over the United States. Without an approved visa, even if students take virtual classes in their home country, they will not be considered actually enrolled.
PoliticusUSA says that Trump is only using the pandemic as an excuse to drive legal immigrants out of the country, saying that the president is “trying to remake the country in his own intellectually deficient image.” This is a risk that the country should not take, but the president does not seem to realize it. It will affect more than a million of foreign students.
As per usual, this announcement earned extreme backlash. Harvard and MIT were the first schools to counteract the move via issuing an injunctive relief. And California becomes the first state to initiate legal resistance by filing a lawsuit against the administration, and intends to get a temporary restraining order, and permanent resolution to render the order void. The state currently has more than 100,000 student visa grantees.
Immigrant students are large economical contributors, adding billions to the economy in just one semester. It will cause the education industry of the country great harm if these students drop out of their enrollments because of the order, or the students’ health and well-being will be at risk if they are forced to leave the country considering the current circumstances.