WSU create a one credit course to allow international students to stay in U​.​S.

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The new decision by the US Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) requiring international students who are taking an all-online course-load for fall semester to leave the United States or risk arrest and deportation, we urge Washington State University and President Kirk Schulz to create a one-credit credit-no-credit class with one meeting a semester as well as excused absences in all semesters, until this outrageous policy is reversed. Doing this would allow international students, already burdened by the stress of studying in a foreign country and the perpetual uncertainty about their visa status due to the pandemic, to stay in the US without fear of deportation. WSU has a large community of international students ranging from student athletes to TA’s. Forcing them to leave due to this policy is not the way cougs look out for each other. We must stand with our international students they way they stand with us by choosing to bring their talents to WSU!!

The decision by SEVP and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is outrageous, discriminatory, inhumane, and an attack on our international student friends. It is ridiculous to force international students to leave the country simply because they are taking only online classes. Additionally, many international students have no way of returning home because of travel restrictions. For example, Chinese international students cannot return home because the Chinese government has restricted international flights into China because of the pandemic. International students who stay in the US without taking in-person classes risk being arrested by ICE and being locked up in ICE detention centers. ICE detention centers are known to have horrific conditions, be carrying out human rights abuses, and to be hotbeds of COVID-19 transmission. 

We strongly urge WSU admin and President Schulz to respond to this petition and do everything within their power to protect the WSU international student community from the inhumane organization that is ICE, and ensure that they can stay in the US without fear of arrest and deportation.


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