Department Statement on ICE policy for International Students

UPDATE AS OF TODAY: Trump Administration Rescinds Visa Rule Amid Widespread Pushback (July 14, 2020)

 

 

The Sociology Department strongly condemns the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) July 6, 2020 policy stipulating that International Students with F-1 and M-1 visas “attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.” This policy would mean that students not enrolled in at least one in-person course Fall Quarter would be threatened with having their visas revoked. On behalf of the Sociology Department at UCSB, we write to convey our strong opposition to this policy, which we consider discriminatory and unjust. This policy undermines both the pursuit of knowledge and social justice, and it would uproot the lives and the academic work of many of our undergraduate and graduate students. It remains unclear whether this policy will take effect at UCSB. We wish to convey to all of our international students and colleagues that we stand with you and are strongly invested in actions to ensure that you are able to remain in the United States to continue as members of the living and learning community at UCSB. -Verta Taylor, Chair-Winddance Twine, Vice Chair-Sarah Thebaud, Graduate Chair-Jean Beaman, Undergraduate Chair and Member of the Executive Committee-Tristan Bridges and Lisa Hajjar, Members of the Executive Committee