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Oppose Executive Order on Foreign Visas

I am writing in opposition to the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) policy to modify the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) cancelling visas for students attending colleges offering online courses this fall. This policy significantly impacts my university without consideration to the safety and health of faculty and students, the economic impact to the university and the US economy, as well as the long-term implications to America’s ability to attract to our universities the world’s best and brightest students.

The Administration’s action impacts 1.6 million students currently in the US under the SEVP program. International students contribute billions of dollars to our economy and provide critical tuition for our university. International students are an essential part of a talented and diverse engineering and science workforce needed here in America for our nation to address the grand challenges of tomorrow.

During these challenging times, our universities, in coordination with state health authorities, need support as they develop options for delivering world-class education this fall while protecting the health and safety of students, faculty and public health. This ICE order will cause misguided actions placing students and faculty at risk, economic harm to our universities, and damage to America’s reputation.

As a Member of Congress your actions are needed to reverse this ICE policy and restore the SEVP program permitting international students to remain in the US this fall.

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