哈佛MIT怒告川普! 台灣留學生可能受惠? | Harvard, MIT sue to stop Trump visa rules for int’l students

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【看CP學英文】美國哈佛大學和麻省理工學院(MIT)於今(9)日具狀控告移民局近期新規定,學校若在秋季學期開始後全面實施遠距教學,國際學生需被遣返回國。哈佛與MIT的訴訟結果將影響近23萬台灣學生的權利。

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) filed a lawsuit on Wednesday against the U.S. administration’s new rule that would bar international students from staying in the country if fall semester classes are held entirely online.

美國移民局於週一(6)宣布的新政策將嚴重影響持有F-1簽證和M-1簽證的近百萬名國際學生。

The news came two days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unveiled policies that would force foreign students on F-1 and M-1 visas to leave the country. Over a million students, including Taiwan, are using such visas to study in the U.S.

美國總統川普在週二表示政府將會大力推動開放各州校園,並指控學校是為了「政治因素」才遲遲未開。

On Tuesday, President Donald Trump said his administration is “very much going to put pressure on governors and everybody else to open the schools” this fall as he argued that some schools wanted to stay closed “for political reasons.”

這週稍早,哈佛才宣布秋季課程將全面採取遠距教學,沒想到移民署突地投下震撼彈,對此,哈佛大學校長勞倫斯・巴考表示,這項政策來的突然,毫無人情也很草率。

“The order came down without notice — its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness,” said Larry Bacow, president of Harvard, which announced earlier this week that its fall semester is going online due to coronavirus concerns.

巴考於週三發布給校友的信內寫道,此政策似乎毫不顧及師生身體健康狀況,一昧向學校施壓以逼迫學校開放。

“It appears that it was designed purposefully to place pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person instruction this fall, without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors and others,” Bacow wrote Wednesday in a letter to the Harvard community.

根據國際教育學會統計,2018到2019年間,有將近30萬華人、超過20萬印度人持有F-1簽證。

During the 2018-19 school year, over 300,000 F-1 visa holders were Chinese, and more than 200,000 were Indians, according to the Institute of International Education.

反對此項政策的官員也表示,不是所有學生在自己的家鄉都有遠距學習的設備資源,同時也指出亞洲國家的學生也會有12小時的時差。

Critics of the administration’s policy argue that students may not have access in their home countries to the resources, such as high-speed internet and libraries, necessary for online learning. Those from Asia would also have to attend classes with an up to 12-hour time difference.

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