The California Attorney General Xavier Becerra, California Community Colleges Chancellor Eloy Ortiz Oakley, and California State University Chancellor Timothy White announced that the State of California is filing a lawsuit against the Trump Administration's "unlawful policy that threatens to exacerbate the spread of COVID-19 and exile hundreds of thousands of college students studying in the United States through the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP)."
According to the release, on July 6, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which oversees SEVP, announced the agency would formally issue a policy that will disqualify students from SEVP for taking classes entirely online during the COVID-19 pandemic. For those enrolled in SEVP with no in-person classes available, ICE’s only guidance to students was to either leave the country or transfer to another program.
"Shame on the Trump Administration for risking not only the education opportunities for students who earned the chance to go to college, but now their health and well-being as well,” said Attorney General Becerra in the release. “Today, President Trump appears set to do just that — amidst a global pandemic of historic proportions. Not on our watch. No one graduates more students from college or assembles a more talented and diverse group of future leaders than California. Today’s lawsuit rests on America’s enduring principle that everyone who works hard and plays by the rules can earn a chance to get ahead. We'll see the Trump Administration in court."
Read the full release below.