Acting Deputy Department of Homeland Security Secretary Ken Cuccinelli said U.S. universities may reopen in the fall if they want to keep their foreign students.
During an interview Tuesday, Cuccinelli defended the new immigration enforcement rule by saying foreign students must leave the U.S. if their school moves classes online. He said there is no reason for such students to be in the U.S. unless their school reopens physical campuses.
Acting Deputy DHS Secretary Ken Cuccinelli defends forcing international students to leave US if classes go online: “This is now setting the rules for one semester, which we'll finalize later this month that will, again, encourage schools to reopen” https://t.co/fiSJbj2xuO pic.twitter.com/tj5I7Fldts— CNN Politics (@CNNPolitics) July 7, 2020
Some universities have said they may lose their revenues if foreign students leave the country. However, Cuccinelli argued the rule will encourage schools to resume in-person classes.
“We’ll again encourage schools to reopen…I’m recognizing some of them are moving their start dates up, some of them are going to hybrid models, some online and some in-person,” he stated. “We’re trying to accommodate as many of those as we can while maintaining the protections for fraud and so forth that are necessary in any sort of international visa program.”
NEW: Harvard and MIT sue the White House in federal court over new rules that would bar international students from staying in the U.S. while taking classes entirely online this fall semester. pic.twitter.com/bJ5K8e0zfb— Alex Salvi (@alexsalvinews) July 8, 2020
Cuccinelli added that student visas only allow them to attend classes and can not be used for an indefinite stay in the U.S.