Doyle Urges DHS to Reverse International Student Rule

July 14, 2020
Press Release

Washington, DC – U.S. Representative Mike Doyle (PA-18) announced today that he had sent a letter to Acting Secretary of Homeland Security Chad Wolf urging the Department of Homeland Security to withdraw its recently issued rule that denies visas to certain students participating in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

“Today, I sent another letter to the Department of Homeland Security to express my grave concern over - and demand immediate reconsideration of - their temporary final rule that puts countless foreign students in this country – and possibly millions of Americans – at risk.

“This action is a blatantly political attempt by the Trump Administration to pressure colleges and universities to fully reopen their campuses in the fall, despite their legitimate health concerns about reopening in the midst of a pandemic – just like what the President himself has been doing for months with all schools and businesses across the country.

“Instead of providing consistent leadership and science-based guidance, the Administration is trying to force international students to choose between their education and their health – and to force universities to choose between their international students and a public health-based approach to the fall semester. President Trump clearly places very little value on human lives, including American ones, when he thinks that risking them will improve his chances of reelection. It’s a disgrace and a betrayal of the American People.

“Our colleges and universities in Pittsburgh are full of some of the best and brightest students in the United States, who contribute a lot every day to their campuses, our city, and our country.

“I will do everything in my power to support all of our students, and to fight the Trump Administration’s continued assault on their education, well-being, and safety.”  

Pittsburgh is home to many internationally respected colleges and universities, and the region attracts a large number of international students each year. According to a recent Post-Gazette article, there are more than 50,000 international students in Pennsylvania, including 8,669 at Carnegie Mellon University and 4,339 at the University of Pittsburgh.

Click here to read the text of Congressman Doyle’s  letter.