Trump Regime’s Anti-China Policy Targets Students
In late May, the Trump regime announced plans to cancel visas for thousands of Chinese students with alleged PLA ties — another low blow to deteriorating bilateral relations.
Proposed congressional legislation calls for prohibiting issuance of visas to Chinese nationals wanting to study science and math in the US.
Last month, the Daily Princetonian reported that the move would affect “a large portion of (the university’s) graduate student and post-doctoral community.”
The same is true for Harvard, Yale, five other Ivy League schools, and many other US universities.
President of Princeton’s Graduate Student Government Karina Alventosa slammed the proposed politicized move, saying:
“(R)estrictions would impact the incoming class as well as anyone who needs to renew their visa,” adding:
Chinese students who returned home to quarantine with family members may be banned from reentering the US.
New Trump regime State Department, DHS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidelines call for cancelling visas for foreign students in US colleges and universities with online fall semester courses alone to avoid spreading COVID-19 infections by large classroom gatherings.
In response, Harvard’s President Lawrence Bacow issued the following statement, condemning the Trump regime’s order, saying:
“We are deeply concerned that (its) guidance…imposes a blunt, one-size-fits-all approach to a complex problem, giving international students, particularly those in online programs, few options beyond leaving the country or transferring schools.”
Because of increasing COVID-19 outbreaks that could spike much higher this fall and winter, Harvard announced that all fall semester courses will be held online.
Unlike the spring 2019 semester when the campus was entirely cleared, around 40% of students will be allowed to live in campus dorms during the upcoming semester.
The plan likely intends to help foreign students and domestic ones whose home locations are far distant from Cambridge.
According to Bacow, the newly issued Trump regime diktat “undermines” Harvard’s plan for the fall and likely winter semesters.
According to the Trump regime order, foreign students in the US whose courses will only be online must either go home or transfer to another college or university — the latter option no easy task on short notice.
The ruling doesn’t affect students at schools with both online and classroom instruction.
Clearly, online instruction is far from ideal. It’s far removed from faculty/student interactions in classrooms.
At Harvard and other schools of higher education, it’ll likely continue until spreading COVID-19 outbreaks end.
On Thursday, the Harvard Crimson reported that the university and MIT filed suit to prevent the unacceptable Trump regime ruling from disrupting the fall semester for their foreign students.
Bacow announced that the lawsuit was filed Wednesday in Boston District Federal Court.
According to the Crimson, it “seeks a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief to bar (the Trump regime) from enforcing federal guidelines barring international students attending colleges and universities offering only online courses from staying in the United States.”
Bacow said the order without warning blindsided him and his counterparts at other schools that are opting only for online instruction in the fall, adding:
“(I)ts cruelty (is) surpassed only by its recklessness. We believe that the…order is bad public policy, and we believe that it is illegal.”
The Crimson said that the announced Trump regime policy “created ‘chaos’ at Harvard, MIT, and universities nationwide.”
Bacow stressed that Harvard and MIT “will pursue this case vigorously so that our international students—and international students at institutions across the country—can continue their studies without the threat of deportation,” adding:
“(W)e hope and intend to resume full in-person instruction as soon as it is safe and responsible to do so.”
“But until that time comes, we will not stand by to see our international students’ dreams extinguished by a deeply misguided order. We owe it to them to stand up and to fight—and we will.”
On Wednesday, Boston-based Northeastern University announced that it’s joining the Harvard/MIT lawsuit.
The three greater Boston area universities, and many others in the US, have large numbers of international students, many from China, targeting them the main reason behind the unacceptable Trump regime policy.
The Crimson said Cornell, Dartmouth, Duke, Princeton, and the University of Pennsylvania “will sign amicus briefs in support of the (Harvard, MIT, Northeastern) lawsuit.”
Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced that her office will sue the Trump regime for what she called “cruel (and) illegal” guidelines.
The Harvard/MIT initiated suit argues that newly announced Trump regime guidelines breach the 1946 Administrative Procedure Act (APA) by failing to consider the enormous harm to affected students without just cause.
The landmark APA law is all about “improv(ing) the administration of justice by prescribing fair administrative procedure(s)” — granting federal courts oversight over government agency actions.
Former Senator Pat McCarran (in office from 1933 to 1954) called APA “a bill of rights for the hundreds of thousands of Americans whose affairs are controlled or regulated” by federal agencies.
It aims to prevent their abuses of power through judicial review and oversight.
Trump regime guidelines reflect hardline Cold War politics.
They’re unfair and likely illegal if the federal district court rules for Harvard/MIT et al, and its ruling is affirmed at the appeals level if things go this far.
My two Wall Street books are timely reading:
“How Wall Street Fleeces America: Privatized Banking, Government Collusion, and Class War”
“Banker Occupation: Waging Financial War on Humanity”