Trump administration repeals controversial decision to ban international students

A Trump administration decision that called on to deny the visas to International students (to be) admitted in the Institutions also offering Online teaching facilities this fall, has been repealed back.

The decision was likely to be notified later in July but has been repealed back completely due to huge backlash from the Universities which enrol a significant number of international students.

What was the controversial decision?

On Monday, Trump administration proposed a significant change in US’ International Students Visa Policy, following which the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS) directed country’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to disallow international students from staying in the country if they attend the US Universities that offer only online courses during the COVID-19 health crisis, as soon as the proposal is notified.

The proposed rule said that the Foreign students enrolled in the US institutions offering online-only classes for their fall semester will be not allowed to come to the US and if they are already here they may be forced to leave, unless a majority of their coursework was taught in-person.

The US institutions have instead opted for a “blended” mode of dispensing the education, under which the Universities offer both in-person as well as online classes, however, the online ones are more in number due to COVID-19 pandemic.

“I’m glad the Trump admin agreed to rescind this dangerous & xenophobic #StudentBan policy after we demanded they reverse course & MA schools sued them. I’ll keep fighting to make sure it stays that way. When we fight back, we can make a real difference,” Elizabeth Warren, Democratic senator and former presidential candidate, wrote on Twitter.

The US receives over a million international students every year, with China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, and Canada the five largest foreign student contributors. India too had called on the US’ Foreign Office Consultations to raise objections on the Trump administration’s decision to ban International students learning lessons via online mode during the pandemic.