Seventeen states, along with the District of Columbia, sued the Trump administration to stop him from taking foreign students’ visas away if their colleges switch to online classes due to the coronavirus. President Trump has since rescinded his decision.
ICE Makes a Move to Put Americans First
Many conservatives were happy with this decision and thought Trump’s promised tough immigration stances were finally coming into play. However, Democrats ultimately rejected this notion and fought back hard.
“The Trump Administration didn’t even attempt to explain the basis for this senseless rule, which forces schools to choose between keeping their international students enrolled and protecting the health and safety of their campuses,” said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey.
More Lawsuits More Problems
The lawsuit brought forth alleges that many violations occurred against the Administration Procedure Act.
The seventeen states which banded together to sue the Trump administration were: Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts,
Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont, Virginia and Wisconsin.
“The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States,” ICE said last week. “Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status. If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”
President Trump Caves to the Pressure
However, the states’ lawsuit won’t be necessary because President Trump rescinded the rule against international students on Tuesday.
In a surprise announcement, U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs declared at the beginning of the lawsuit proceedings brought by Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that Trump’s decision reversed.
“I have been informed by the parties that they have come to a resolution,” she said. “They will return to the status quo.”
Many conservatives have been vocal critics about the enormous amount of foreign workers and student visas continuously granted in the country. This reversal decision was embraced by the left, but many on the right were against it.
Greedy, anti-American, foreign student tuition-dependent, cheap foreign labor-addicted universities, 1.#AmericaFirst, American students, American workers, 0.
Dear @realDonaldTrump : DUMP JARED & IVANKA. #FindSomethingNew https://t.co/NCpWlARwbh
— Michelle Malkin (@michellemalkin) July 14, 2020
The Trump Administration just did something brilliant – make foreign students return home if they're not taking in-person classes – only to walk it back the next day.
Not very bright.
— Emerald Robinson ✝️ (@EmeraldRobinson) July 15, 2020
Open Borders Inc. Wins Against Trump Again
Disturbingly, open borders pushers such as the Chamber of Commerce and the Koch brothers’ network of billionaire organizations have praised President Trump’s decision, Breitbart News shows.
The Chamber of Commerce executive wrote in a statement:
“The U.S. Chamber is pleased that the Department of Homeland Security rescinded its ill-conceived policy regarding international students today. Our nation’s educators and our economy are better for it.”
The Libre Initiative, funded by the controversial Kochs, has been enormous lobbyers for amnesty for illegal aliens. This open border group also hailed Trump’s decision as good.
Good! This rule would have needlessly restricted legal immigration channels for those eager to contribute by learning, developing, and applying their unique talents here in America all while negatively impacting higher ed institutions. @realDonaldTrumphttps://t.co/qPnOncqpnX
— The LIBRE Initiative (@LIBREinitiative) July 14, 2020
Immigration Loopholes Need to Go
Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) President Dan Stein discussed his disappointment over the reversal with Breitbart News.
He called the student visa loophole “yet another example of … caving to the pressure of the business lobby and open borders advocates who continue crafting the narrative that international students are somehow anything more than temporary visitors.”
“It is unfortunate that their pressure, yet again, stood in the way of this administration enforcing the laws on the books, The president needs to reaffirm his commitment to implementing immigration policies that serve the interests of the American people given how quickly he threw in the towel on this matter,” Stein continued.
So much for putting Americans first.