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Rep. Driscoll Signs onto Letter to President Trump RE International Students

July 8, 2020

July 8, 2020

 

The President

The White House

1600 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W.

Washington, D.C. 20500

 

Dear Mr. President,

 

We are writing to respectfully request that you reconsider and rescind the new temporary final rules announced on Monday which prohibits international students from staying in the United States if they are enrolled in an American college or university that implements an online-only platform for instruction. We understand that the guidance also applies to an institution that moves to exclusively online mid-semester in response to rising COVID-19 case on campus, and to students who are living on campuses that are open, but offering classes online-only to protect the health and safety of their faculty and campus community.

 

As you know, since March our colleges and universities have been in furious upheaval, navigating an unprecedented pandemic and formulating strategies to continue teaching students without putting them, faculty, and staff at risk. Our institutions have sought to balance concerns for public health with their academic mission of teaching and scholarship. This work has been both difficult and costly, and the new rules will add more uncertainty and disruption. Moreover, the new rules leave international students with the choice of either transferring to another institution that provides in person or hybrid instruction, or to depart the country and risk not being able to return. Students who fail to comply with this guidance may face deportation.

 

We also note that the new rules were introduced without notice, without an opportunity for public comment, and put undo pressure on campuses to stay open when it is unsafe to do so. This comes at a time when the United States has been setting daily records for the number of new infections, with more than 300,000 new cases reported since July 1. And the policy effectively reverses course from the spring and summer, when ICE temporarily suspended pre-pandemic rules banning international students from residing in the U.S. and taking online-only courses.

 

More than a million international students come to the US every year to earn a degree that will help them land better jobs, and many remain in the US after graduation. They contribute to the cultural diversity of our campuses and many pay full tuition, which helps our institutions, especially in these times of economic difficulty and uncertainty. In Massachusetts there are 77,000 international students with active US study visas and another 32,000 in the rest of New England. Our state ranks fourth nationwide for its number of international students and Northeastern University, with 16,000, ranks third in the country. Nationwide, international students contribute a $41 billion economic impact that supports more than 450,000 jobs. As one of our University Presidents observed, no public good is served by these efforts to deprive international students from continuing to make valuable and necessary contributions to the prosperity of the nation and the impact on the economic interests will be negative and potentially irreversible.


This policy is not only punitive to these international students, it also threatens the safety
of other students and the communities surrounding college campuses. Additionally, transporting
international students who may have been exposed to the coronavirus to other campuses or to
airports to fly back to their home countries poses a myriad of health risks.

 

Finally, we understand that both Harvard University and MIT filed suit seeking a
preliminary injunction this morning and I am sure others will follow. This litigation will be
costly, will take time, and will waste precious judicial resources at a time when we should be
focusing on rebuilding our nation.

 

Accordingly, we request that, in the best interest of our nation, you reconsider and
rescind the temporary rules to help preserve our higher education system which is, indeed, the
envy of the world.

 

Most respectfully,


Robert A. DeLeo
Speaker of the House

 

Jeffrey N. Roy
House Chair
Committee on Higher Education


Anne Gobi
Senate Chair
Committee on Higher Education


Claire Cronin
House Chair
Committee on Judiciary


Paul McMurtry
House Chair
Committee on Tourism, Arts and
Cultural Development


Patricia A. Haddad
Speaker Pro Tempore


Joanne M. Comerford
Senate Chair
Committee on Public Health


William H. Straus
House Chair
Committee on Transportation


Ann-Margaret Ferrante
House Chair
Committee on Economic Development
and Emerging Technologies


Tackey Chan
House Chair
Committee on Consumer Protection and
Professional Licensure


William Galvin
House Chair
Committee on Rules


Kay Khan
House Chair
Committee on Children, Families and
Persons with Disabilities


Smitty Pignatelli
House Chair
Committee on Environment, Natural
Resources & Agriculture


Kevin G. Honan
House Chair
Committee on Housing


Ruth B. Balser
House Chair
Committee on Elder Affairs


Marc R. Pacheco
Senate Chair
Committee on Global Warming and Climate
Change


Adam Hinds
Senate Chair
Committee on Revenue


Josh S. Cutler
House Vice-Chair
Committee on Children, Families and
Persons with Disabilities


Kate Hogan
State Representative
3rd Middlesex District


Joan B. Lovely
Senate Chair
Committee on Rules


James Arciero
State Representative
2nd Middlesex District


Steven Ultrino
State Representative
33rd Middlesex District


Sean Garballey
House Vice-Chair
Committee on State Administration
and Regulatory Oversight


Michael O. Moore
Senate Chair
Committee on Public Safety and Homeland
Security


Nika C. Elugardo
State Representative
15th Suffolk District


Carole Fiola
State Representative
6th Bristol District


Tram T. Nguyen
State Representative
18th Essex District


Daniel R. Carey
State Representative
2nd Hampshire District


Tami L. Gouveia
State Representative
14th Middlesex District


Maria D. Robinson
State Representative
6th Middlesex District


Susan L. Moran
State Senator
Plymouth and Barnstable District


Christine P. Barber
House Vice Chair
Committee on Financial Services


Stephan Hay
House Vice Chair
Committee on Labor and Workforce
Development


Tommy Vitolo
State Representative
15th Norfolk District


Jack Lewis
State Representative
7th Middlesex District


Joan Meschino
State Representative
3rd Plymouth District


William J. Driscoll, Jr.
State Representative
7th Norfolk District


Jonathan Hecht
State Representative
29th Middlesex District


Lindsay Sabadosa
State Representative
1st Hampshire District


Adrian C. Madaro
State Representative
1st Suffolk District


Denise Provost
State Representative
27th Middlesex District


Danillo A. Sena
State Representative
37th Middlesex District


Jon Santiago
State Representative
9th Suffolk District


Jonathan D. Zlotnik
State Representative
2nd Worcester District


James K. Hawkins
State Representative
2nd Bristol District

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