Christel Deskins

International students must leave US if universities only offer online classes this fall

The Trump administration announced international students will have to leave the United States, or face possible deportation, if the college or university they attend switches to online-only classes in the fall because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Similarly, international students enrolled in colleges or universities offering only online courses this fall will be barred from entering the U.S.

The news comes as some colleges and universities, including Harvard University, say they will only offer online classes in the fall to protect students and staff from the new coronavirus.

The move, a reversal from the spring when international students were allowed to remain in the U.S. to attend online-only classes, could represent a major economic blow to colleges and universities as well as local communities over the loss of tuition and other revenue from international students who typically pay full price.

It comes at a time when colleges and universities are are already implementing layoffs, furloughs and other cost-clotting measures to offset a loss in revenue amid the coronavirus pandemic as more and more students opt to defer attending college.

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The move drew immediate criticism from immigration advocates who say it is part of the Trump administration’s ongoing attempt to restrict legal and illegal immigration into the U.S.

The new policy, issued in a memo by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, is “clearly designed to chase foreign students out of the United States and to bar foreign students who were coming to the U.S. from entering the

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Students on visas must take in-person college classes or risk deportation, ICE says

Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued new guidance on how student visa status will depend on whether U.S. universities are providing online or in-person classes this fall.

ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program won’t let students into the U.S. if they are going to schools that offer online classes only, according to a news release.

Instead, foreign students must take in-person classes if they wish to remain in the U.S. — otherwise, they must take the online classes out of the country or risk deportation if they stay.

“The U.S. Department of State will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States,” the release said. “Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status. If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”

If schools offer both in-person and online classes, foreign students will have to be at the campus and can’t just take their classes online if they wish to stay in the U.S., according to the statement.

Harvard University announced on Monday that 40% of undergraduates, including first-year students, will be allowed back on campus for the fall semester and all classes will be taught online, according to a news release. Tuition

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Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms tests positive; ICE may deport foreign students; MLB’s testing struggles

Atlanta Mayor Keisha Lance Bottoms revealed she has tested positive for the coronavirus on day a high-ranking White House official defended President Donald Trump’s claim that 99% of coronavirus cases are “totally harmless” as new U.S. infections surge by the day.

“If you’re over 80 years of age or if you have three what they call co-morbidities – diabetes, hypertension, heart issues – then you need to be very, very careful,” White House Chief of Staff Mark Meadows said on “Fox and Friends.” “Outside of that, the risks are extremely low, and the president is right.”

Three MLB teams stopped workouts amid coronavirus concerns, causing doubt as baseball season nears. Meanwhile, Ivy League schools Princeton and Harvard announced they’ll have 50% or fewer undergraduate students on campus this fall and most or all teaching will be done remotely.

In New York, Gov. Andrew Cuomo said the state’s numbers were bucking the national trend by continuing to improve as the state slowly reopens. And possibly more good news: Regeneron Pharmaceuticals said it was beginning “late-stage” trials for a cocktail for treatment and prevention of COVID-19.

Here are some recent developments:

  • The University of Washington announced Sunday that at least 112 fraternity students tested positive for the coronavirus, bringing the total up to 121.

  • Airbnb added new booking restrictions for renters under the age of 25 to prevent house parties as cases multiply across the country.

  • Economists estimate a slow recovery despite a record of 4.8 million jobs added to the economy 

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ICE says foreign students can’t take online-only fall classes

The Trump administration on Monday unveiled new fall semester rules for foreign students, including a requirement that they take in-person classes to remain in the U.S., a condition that raised concerns as certain colleges and universities are planning to use online instruction because of the coronavirus pandemic.

Under the new guidelines by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which oversees the U.S. Student and Exchange Visitor Program, foreigners with F-1 or M-1 visas — which are for academic and vocational international students, respectively — will not be allowed to participate in an entirely online fall semester.

The State Department will not issue those visas to students planning to attend schools that will only offer remote learning and Customs and Border Protection officials will not allow such applicants to enter the country, according to a summary of the temporary rule, which ICE said will be published in the federal government’s journal of regulations “in the near future.”

Students already in the U.S. under those programs who are planning to attend colleges or universities that will only offer online classes in the fall will need to transfer to other schools providing in-person instruction, depart the country or face potential deportation, ICE said. If they leave the U.S., the students will be able to continue the remote instruction in their home countries.

Existing regulations generally bar online-only coursework in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program. But in the spring, ICE issued an exemption allowing foreign students to take more online classes, citing the growing

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Lessons from a Robinhood Trader’s Suicide

As an advocate for young adults prudently beginning their investing journey as soon as possible, I’ve found it difficult to shake this recent story: A young man from Illinois took his own life less than 24 hours after checking his Robinhood account and seeing a negative cash balance of over $730,000. 

For those who might not know, Robinhood is an online trading and investing platform that has become incredibly popular in recent years for the movement it sparked in the brokerage industry toward commission-free trading. The service boasts more than 13 million users with an average age of 31. Almost every incumbent broker must now offer this feature, lest they be unable to compete effectively against lower-cost peers.  

But this story isn’t just about Robinhood. In recent years, several Robinhood alternatives have sprouted up offering similar functionality for the same cost and often induce investors to sign up with the lure of free stocks or sign-up bonuses, fractional share investing, near-instant account opening and no account or investment minimums.  In other words, all elements a young investor might desire to begin investing in small amounts.

What many of these new investing platforms promote is simplified, free trading with fun and easy-to-use mobile app interfaces.  Robinhood, in particular, utilizes a slick interface with confetti popping everywhere as if you had just won a prize when you execute a trade.

A College Student Dies in Despair

Alexander Kearns, a 20-year old University of Nebraska student who was home from college during

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