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Congressman Gonzalez Calls Out Trump Administration for Stripping International Students of Visas

July 8, 2020
Press Release

WASHINGTON –  Today, Congressman Vicente Gonzalez (TX-15) released a statement following the Trump administration’s decision to strip international students of their U.S. visas if their coursework is done entirely online during a once-in-a-lifetime pandemic:

“Right now, America proudly hosts roughly 1.15 million international students who contribute approximately $41 billion to the U.S. economy and add value to our communities. Denying visas and deporting students who are not attending class in-person, when there may not be any in-person classes to attend, is cruel, unwarranted, and un-American. 

Xenophobia and nationalism are the only way to explain President Trump publicly decrying that children need to attend school, flouting the advice of medical experts, and simultaneously seeing fit to block international students from attending our schools. I will do everything in my power to help these students and prevent these policies from being implemented to the best of my ability.”