Congressman John Sarbanes (D-Md.) today joined hundreds of his colleagues in criticizing the Trump Administration’s latest attempt to undermine America’s institutions of higher education and denigrate international students.
In two letters – one to U.S. Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and another to Acting Secretary Wolf and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Acting Director Matthew T. Albence – Congressman Sarbanes and his colleagues criticized the Trump Administration’s decision to cancel U.S. student visas from international students who take online classes in the fall amid the COVID-19 public health emergency.
“[International] students play a key role in academic life in universities across the country by supporting cutting-edge research, enriching campus life and helping the United States maintain its leadership role in higher education,” the lawmakers wrote in the letter to Acting Secretary Wolf. “Their presence is not only fundamental to academic life, but also support hundreds of thousands of jobs across the country each academic year.”
In the letter to Acting Secretary Wolf and Acting Director Albence, the lawmakers argued: “For some students, being forced to leave the country may lead them to leave school permanently and fail to receive a degree into which they have put so much time, effort and tuition dollars. This will also deprive universities of needed revenue at a time of great financial stress, straining resources for the students who remain at schools and make it harder for those with financial challenges to attend.”