A group of 30 senators and 136 congress members of the opposition Democratic Party in the US have requested President Donald Trump's administration to withdraw the order under which foreign students who do not attend college or university campus for the next academic year Has been banned from staying in the country.
In a letter to Homeland Security Department Executive Minister Chad Wolff and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Executive Minister Matthew Albens on Thursday, lawmakers expressed concern over ICE's recently announced amendments to the Student Exchange and Visitor Program (SEVP).
ICE announced in its July 6 order that students with F-1 and M-1 visas taking fully online classes or studying only online courses would not be allowed to remain in the US.
The senators said, "ICE's announcement to send international students studying in US colleges and universities and taking fully online classes to their country is cruel and unreasonable." "These students are already in the US Are and established members of educational communities. They have gone through the visa screening process so that there is no threat to America. ”In the academic year 2018-19, there were more than a million international students in the US.