Hours after the Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) announcement of the new rules that risk the deportation of hundreds and thousands of international students in the US, many have joined the fight to let them stay, one of which was California which countered Trump’s student visa reform.
Educators in Massachusetts found themselves “stunned” over the announcement saying the student visa reform is “cruel, irresponsible, and delivers more anxiety and confusion for international students in Massachusetts.” Massachusetts colleges reached out to immigration authorities with the hopes of allowing international students to stay, especially during this global crisis.
International students can’t hide their dismay when they heard the news online. One student even addressed “[going home] is almost impossible, I wouldn’t say it is 100% impossible but there are no direct flights between the United States and Valenzuela.” Raul Romero also added: “going back right now would mean I would be under constant power outages.” This makes it difficult for the student to fully commit himself to the online classes of Kenyon College.
Romero is just one of the many students who are now finding ways to stay in the US since it would be difficult to return home due to the travel restrictions around the world. One student has already been blocked from entering US grounds because of the student visa reform. It was reported that he was from Belarus and he was supposed to go back to Harvard University.
California’s Attorney General Xavier Becerra is now looking into suing the Trump administration calling the recent announcement “ridiculous.” He added, ”It harms not only people’s health, but it really does harm the ability for universities and colleges and the plan of moving forward.” California filed a lawsuit and has become the first state to initiate legal resistance with the goal of rendering the order void.