(WTNH) — Attorney General William Tong and Governor Ned Lamont announced Monday Connecticut is joining the lawsuit against the Trump administration’s student visa policy should university and colleges turn to full-online classes.
The federal government is being sued by several universities over threats to throw foreign students out of the country during the pandemic. The Student and Exchange Visitor Program allows non-immigrant students to take classes in the U.S.
The Department of Homeland Security now says if a university moves to all online classes, foreign students have to transfer to another school that is having classes on campus or leave the country. If they don’t, they will be deported.
“On the eve of trying to open all schools in the fall, the Trump Administration wants to cut UConn off at the knees,” said Att. General William Tong.
Tong says UConn has nearly 4,000 international students from dozens of countries. Most pay full price to attend the university.
It’s estimated more than 10,000 of these students live in the state. In 2015, research showed they pumped nearly $400,000,000 into the local economy.
“At this moment in time during a global pandemic when many students right now are suffering from food insecurity, income insecurity, and housing insecurity, both in the United States and in their home countries,” said Bryan Chong, a senior at Wesleyan University.
Tong said under the current policy, deportations could happen as early as Wednesday. A Massachusetts federal court will begin looking at the case on Tuesday.