Stop ICE from deporting international students at Lesley University

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On July 6th, 2020, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced modifications for non-immigrant students taking online classes in the United States. The modifications would not allow international students to remain in the United States if their college offers online-only classes. International students affected by this would be forced to transfer to another college for in-person classes or to leave the country or risk deportation. 

The decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is a racist, discriminatory, and inhumane attack on our international student body. The repercussions of this new rule are devastating. It puts our international students directly in harm’s way. It is dangerous to force international students to travel during a global pandemic. Furthermore, some are not even able to travel due to travel restrictions and bans, which would result in them being stuck in between countries. Students from some countries may face physical danger, censorship, surveillance, and persecution if they are forced to return to their home countries, which would make it extremely difficult to continue their remote learning. 

We urge Lesley University to take immediate action to protect our vulnerable international student population and to alleviate the threat of deportation and denial of entry. This may include but is not limited to : 

• Prioritizing and reopening registration of existing hybrid and in-person courses for international students 

• Creating and designating in-person independent study courses relevant to their program for international students

• Restructuring online courses to a flexible hybrid model to accommodate students who need in-person, remote, and asynchronous learning

• Dedicating resources to create a safe physical learning space with proper COVID-19 protocols

• Joining the lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT and publically condemning the new ICE policy