Stop ICE from deporting international students @ UMass

Stop ICE from deporting international students @ UMass

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On July 6th, ICE announced that all international students with an F-1 or M-1 visa are to be deported, unless their university has classes in person. At UMass, many international students who have stayed in the US will be deported, putting their lives and careers in jeopardy. There are a large number of international graduate students who not only take classes, but also teach classes to undergrads. The deportation of these students would not only effect them, but the entire UMass community. According to ICE, as long as there is some face-to-face classes and "the minimum amount" of coursework is online, these students will be allowed to stay in the US. UMass has a commitment to ALL students - international and US citizens alike - to prioritize education and safety. If these students are deported, they may not have the ability to continue their education, and with a global pandemic still underway, their safety may be put at risk. Therefore, I urge UMass to come up a plan to keep the international students who are still in the US within the US. Whether it be an essential face-to-face class all international students must take or something else, there must be a way for these students to continue their studies in the US. UMass is a diverse university, and losing our international students would be a great loss to the community.

To read more about ICE's announcement and qualifications to stay in the USA, follow this URL:  https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/sevp-modifies-temporary-exemptions-nonimmigrant-students-taking-online-courses-during