Category Archives: Immigration Issues

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French Scholar on Way to Speak at Texas A&M Was Detained at Airport for 10 Hours

A visiting scholar who was scheduled to speak at Texas A&M University at College Station was detained at Houston International Airport last week and was about to be deported before university officials reached customs agents at the airport and persuaded them they were making a mistake, The Bryan-College Station Eagle reported.

The scholar, Henry Rousso, is a senior researcher at the French National Center for Scientific Research who studies the history and memory of traumatic pasts, especially o…

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Mexican Immigrant May Be First DACA Participant Arrested Under Trump

Federal authorities have arrested a 23-year-old Mexican immigrant who was brought to the United States illegally as a child and who might be the first participant in an Obama-era program for such immigrants to be detained since President Trump took office, reported the Reuters news agency.

In a tweet on Tuesday evening, the National Immigration Law Center called the news “unacceptable and horrifying.”

The immigrant, Daniel Ramirez Medina, has a 3-year-old child and no criminal record. He was det…

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17 Universities Join N.Y. Legal Challenge to Trump Immigration Ban

Seventeen universities filed a brief on Monday supporting a court challenge to President Trump’s executive order on immigration.

“While the executive order is currently limited to seven countries, its damaging effects have already been widely felt by American universities,” the amicus brief says. “When the executive order went into effect, the 90-day suspension of entry left some of amici’s students, faculty, and scholars stranded abroad, while others were unable to leave the United States to tr…

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Judge Temporarily Blocks Enforcement of Trump’s Travel Ban

[Updated (2/5/2017, 10:38 a.m.) with an appellate court's rejection of the government's request for an immediate stay of the judge's ruling.]

A federal judge in Seattle on Friday temporarily blocked President Trump’s week-old executive order that halted travel to the United States by all visitors, including students and those with valid visas, from seven largely Muslim countries, and by virtually all refugees worldwide.

On Saturday the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would halt…

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Why Colleges’ Pledges to Shield Data on International Students Don’t Mean Much

President Trump’s executive order to bar all refugees from entering the United States, as well as citizens of seven majority-Muslim countries, had college leaders scrambling over the weekend to respond.

Many colleges released statements saying they would not turn over confidential student records to law-enforcement agencies beyond the federal government’s current requirement. For example, in a written statement, Richard H. Brodhead, Duke’s president, said, “Duke University cannot and will no…

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Colleges Scramble After Trump’s Executive Order Bans Citizens of 7 Muslim Countries

[Updated (1/28/2017, 9:52 p.m.) with news of the judge's ruling.]

Colleges across the United States are rushing to respond to the news on Friday that President Trump had signed an executive order suspending admission to the United States of all refugees as well as all citizens of seven majority-Muslim nations. The main message was one many institutions had been spreading well before Friday: Students and scholars, if you might be affected by such an executive order, don’t leave the country.

Late …

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UNLV Instructor Apologizes for Saying He Would Report Undocumented Students

A part-time mathematics instructor at the University of Nevada at Las Vegas has apologized for saying on Facebook that he would report students to immigration authorities if they were in the country illegally, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

In his statement, the instructor, George Buch, said that his comments were “intended to be a joke although clearly a poor one” and that he would never create an atmosphere of hate or intolerance in his classroom.

The comments were made on Facebook in …

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Report Slams Accreditor as ‘Incapable’ of Assessing College Quality

Calls are growing for the U.S. Department of Education to reject the authority of a controversial accreditor to be a gatekeeper for federal student aid.

A study released on Monday by the Center for American Progress found that the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools has continued to accredit 17 institutions or companies that are under state or federal investigation, taking little or no action to penalize them. During the past three years, those entities have received about …

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Federal Agents Set Up a Fake University to Make Arrests on Visa Fraud

The Department of Homeland Security has arrested 21 people who it says conspired with more than 1,000 foreign nationals to fraudulently obtain foreign worker and student visas through the University of Northern New Jersey, a fake institution, the U.S. Attorney’s Office for the District of New Jersey announced on Tuesday.

Established by the department in 2012, the fake university acted as window dressing to lure recruiters taking kickbacks for enrolling foreign nationals there, according to the U…

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New Federal Rule Will Avert Deportation for Thousands of Students

Foreign students in science and technology will be able to extend their stay in the United States, under a new rule to be published by the U.S. Department of Homeland Security this week. The regulation will be welcome relief to some 34,000 students — as well as to colleges and employers — who could have been forced to leave the country this spring because of a legal challenge to a program, Optional Practical Training, that allows them to work in the United States after graduation.

All internatio…