Price Slams ICE Guidance Punishing International Students & Higher Education Institutions at Budget Hearing

July 9, 2020
Press Release


WASHINGTON, DC (July 9, 2020) – Yesterday, at a House Budget Committee Hearing, “Fueling American Innovation and Recovery: The Federal Role in Research and Development,” Congressman David Price questioned the recent decision by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that international students attending United States colleges and universities through online-only instruction this fall would be either forced to transfer to an in-person program or depart the country. Congressman David Price, who represents several institutions of higher education and is a university professor by trade, offered this statement on the impact of the new guidance following yesterday’s hearing: 


“The recent ICE decision to bar international students taking online-only classes this fall due to COVID-19 sent waves of panic through the higher education community, as many universities were already struggling to create safe operating plans for the fall due to an expected resurgence of the virus. My district – known as the Research Triangle – is renowned for its academic research which is enhanced by the expertise of many immigrants and international students,” said Congressman David Price. “The Trump administration’s directive throws a wrench into many university research initiatives – including planned medical research on vaccines and therapeutics needed to respond to the COVID-19 pandemic. It also upends international student’s lives, putting their educational plans in limbo.  Once again, the Trump administration is putting a “immigrants not welcome” sign on full display for the world. If these students leave, many won’t come back. There’s no doubt in my mind that this short-sighted decision would have far reaching impacts on research and higher education, public health, and North Carolina’s economic security.” 


A video of Congressman Price’s House Budget Committee remarks and questions can be found here 


Since Monday, Representative Price also has signed letters to the Department of Homeland Security Acting Secretary Chad Wolf and to ICE Deputy Director Matthew Albence demanding that ICE rescind this policy.