Schools and tech companies have filed their amicus brief earlier this week hoping that the Trump administration does not push through deporting international students this upcoming semester.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) announcement on possibly deporting international students whose courses will be taken online due to the pandemic, came as a shock to many schools and tech companies. International students find themselves in a limbo as the Trump administration plans to implement the new policy ASAP.
5% of the whole US student body are international students. A student interviewed by CNN, Salvador Mortillo, who currently attends a school in California, finds himself “unfairly targeted” saying ICE is “either forcing us to take in-person classes while corona cases are surging, especially here in the US […] or forcing students to travel back to their home country.”
Schools and universities which accept a large number of students from around the world every year are largely impacted by ICE’s sudden announcement. Harvard and MIT are the first ones to file a lawsuit in response to the issue. Educational institutions from other states followed suit with tech companies stating, "With such a large volume of international students, inability to continue educating these students would be devastating."
Major social media companies like Facebook, Twitter, and Google, to name a few, have also joined the fight for international students as foreign students are both customers and future employees of the US-based companies. They also added that the American economy would suffer if foreign students will be deported.
Aside from tech companies and schools, plenty of organizations have also filed their own lawsuits against the new policy.