While students would be gearing up to return to campus right now in any other year, 2020’s circumstances have made for new methods of learning to be put in place. At least for the foreseeable future, many universities will be teaching classes completely online, an idea that the American government is already using to their cruel advantage.
News broke this week that ICE (U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement) is planning to deport college students in the country on student visas if their school is only offering online courses this fall.
“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,” a press release on ICE’s website reads. “If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”
So, now, at no fault of their own, students are at risk of being deported, even though they’re in the United States completely legally to pursue their education. Every day, the government and its agencies come up with new ways to be absolute pieces of s**t, and that certainly didn’t stop because of a pandemic.