CA Universities Sue To Block Trump Administration Rule On International Students

KCBS Radio Morning News
July 10, 2020 - 8:55 am

    Many of California’s most prominent universities are joining a lawsuit against the Trump administration.

    State Attorney General Xavier Becerra filed a lawsuit Thursday on behalf of the California State University system and the state’s community colleges in response to the administration’s policy requiring international students to take in-person classes in the fall in order to remain in the county.

    "Shame on the Trump Administration for risking not only the education opportunities for students who earned the chance to go to college, but now their health and well-being as well,” Becerra said in a statement. “Today’s lawsuit rests on America’s enduring principle that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules can earn a chance to get ahead.”

    On Monday, Immigration and Customs Enforcement said students attending schools “operating entirely online” would have to be deported, and the State Department would not issue visas to students enrolled in programs that are fully online in the fall.

    Stanford and the University of California have also announced that they are joining a similar lawsuit filed by Harvard and MIT.

    “It is a callous and inflexible policy that unfairly disrupts our more-than 10,300 international students’ progress to a degree, unnecessarily placing them in an extremely difficult position,” said California State University Chancellor Timothy White. “And it deprives all of our students — and the communities, state, and nation we serve — of the remarkable contributions of these international students.”

    “Right now is the worst time to enforce such a policy,” Becerra said, as some schools are set to start within a few weeks and cases in California are rising. 

    The CSU system has already announced that the vast majority of its programs will be conducted online in the fall.

    School officials say the announcement ignores the major disruption this will have on student’s lives and existing travel restrictions that may make it difficult for students to comply with the order to leave the country. International students who do have the option to attend classes in person may also be older or have underlying health conditions that make them more vulnerable to the virus.