These are the news on immigration we are following this week.
ICE announced this week that unless international students are attending in-person classes at their college or university, they will have to leave the country. International enrollment at colleges and universities in the United States has been steadily decreasing since a high during the 2015–2016 school year.
Following ICE’s announcement this week that international students whose classes are online-only would have to leave the country, many of the United States’s top universities have announced that they will work with students in an effort to make sure that they can stay in the country.
The Department of Homeland Security’s Office of Inspector General, which oversees conditions in immigration detention centers, has announced that due to the ongoing threat of the COVID-19 pandemic, they will not be conducting in-person investigations. Advocates claim that this will lead to less transparency from detention centers, and harm immigrant families, particularly as the coronavirus continues to spread.