‘I feel like I am not welcome’: Medical, Doctoral Students from Abroad Grapple with Uncertainty from New ICE Rules

July 15, 2020 by Christen Aldrich

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Last modified July 16, 2020

STAT News discusses new rules announced by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement that have plunged the future of many medical and doctoral students from abroad into uncertainty. Students will have to leave the country if their schools have opted for online-only classes in the fall, the agency said. This move is likely to affect many of the nearly 1 million international students in the United States. The backdrop of the COVID-19 pandemic adds another layer of difficulty to an already tough situation, as some students may not be able to get back to their home countries easily.

Meingold Chan, a doctoral candidate in developmental psychology at Ohio State University, has spoken out about the new security law in her home of Hong Kong and worries that going back could mean a prison sentence. But with the new ICE rules here, “I feel like I am not welcome as an immigrant,” she says.

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