ICE is Choosing Deportation Over Safety

Jose Munoz Press Releases

For Immediate Release
Contact: José Alonso Muñoz | | 202.810.0746

Washington, D.C. – This week Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced that international students who are taking classes fully online this fall won’t be allowed to enter the United States, or leave if they’re already here.

Yesterday, Acting ICE Director Ken Cuccinelli went on CNN revealing that this rule was being used as a way to “encourage schools to reopen.” Earlier today, President Trump threatened to cut funding to schools that don’t re-open. 

Juliana Macedo do Nascimento, State and Local Policy Manager of United We Dream, said:

“In the middle of a global pandemic, ICE is forcing colleges and universities to make an impossible choice: unsafely reopen campuses for classes, or force their students on student visas to leave the country. This comes after Trump’s department of education excluded undocumented students from needed financial relief through the CARES Act. As the country surpasses 130,000 deaths from COVID-19, colleges and universities have started to make thoughtful determinations about moving their courses fully online for the health and safety of students and staff. 

This move by ICE puts both students and colleges and universities across the country at risk. ICE is an enforcement agency which has terrorized immigrant communities since its inception. From carrying out massive raids that separate families, to working with police to criminalize and racially profile Black and brown immigrants, ICE’s sole purpose is to inflict harm on immigrant communities. Now, the administration is using ICE to attack international students. ICE must reverse this policy so students don’t have to make a choice that would jeopardize their studies or their lives. Congress must also cut funding to enforcement agencies like ICE and CBP which only seek to hurt members of our community.”


United We Dream is the largest immigrant youth-led organization in the nation, a powerful network made up of over 400,000 members and 48 affiliate organizations across 26 states. UWD’s vision is to build a multi-racial, multi-ethnic movement of young people who organize and advocate at the local and national levels for the dignity and justice of immigrants and communities of color in the United States.