Education Immigration

Trump Wants to Kick Out Foreign Students Now

JM Ashby
Written by JM Ashby

While most foreign students who attend American colleges may return home when their education is complete, some of them don't. Some of them stay here and, from a purely economic perspective, we should want to see them stay.

Trump doesn't want them to stay and may not even want to see them come here in the first place.

Student visas allow foreign students to remain here as long as they're going to school and/or working to pay for school, but the Trump regime wants to impose new limits on student visas that would automatically kick students out of the country after a fixed amount of time even if they haven't completed their education yet.

The Trump administration published notice on Wednesday that it intends to propose a new rule in fall 2019 establishing a maximum period of authorized stay for international students and other holders of certain nonimmigrant visas.

The government says the planned rule is "intended to decrease the incidence of nonimmigrant student overstays and improve the integrity of the nonimmigrant student visa." Advocates for international exchange are worried, however, that the introduction of such a rule could limit flexibility for international students and scholars and undercut efforts by U.S. universities to recruit them. The number of international students in the U.S. declined in the 2017-18 academic year after years of steady growth.

By saying the rule is intended to "improve the integrity" of student visas, they're implying that the integrity of student visas is in question.

Their integrity is only in question if you're a xenophobic racist whose only purpose in life is to identify undesirables. Basically if you're Stephen Miller.

Short of Trump's trade war, there may be nothing else more economically self-defeating than trying to kick foreign students out of the country. If they don't stay here, or if they never come here to begin with because our visa policy is too restrictive, they will take their education and talents to other countries and those countries will gain a competitive advantage.

Of course, the white nationalist brain trust in the Trump regime doesn't think that way. They don't even believe foreign students are capable of making great discoveries or founding the next big startup.

There's a fairly high chance that this proposal will be shelved after members of Congress receive an earful from the institutions in their home districts. If it's not, I expect a large number of states would challenge it in court because kicking foreign students out of the country is as much a threat to state economies as it is the national economy.

  • waspuppet

    Among the many problems with “running the government like a business” is this mindset, which essentially assumes that there is a certain number of jobs in the country that will never change. If you have 1 million more people than jobs, get rid of a million people and problem solved.

    THis is how they think. I’ve been hearing this genius analysis since about 1980.

  • muselet

    There are of course economic benefits to having intelligent, motivated people come to the US to study.

    Set that aside. Consider instead the pure public relations benefits.

    Foreign students who study in the US get to know what Americans—especially their peers—are like without an intermediary like a national media or government. (That doesn’t prevent some from developing negative opinions of us, but people like that represent a small minority of international students.) They then go home and maybe, just maybe, convince their families and friends that Americans aren’t monsters. Even the paranoid ninnies running the Cold War paid lip service to the idea of winning hearts and minds.

    This proposal would be, if it’s ever formalized, one of the dumber things the Trump admininstration has done, and that’s saying something.


    • Draxiar

      I can speak from personal experience in this. I graduated from Wentworth in Boston and it was, for all intents and purposes, and international school. Having worked in the library I met a plethora of people from all over the world. One of my friends was from Iran. The stories he would tell me about the regime there (we’re talking very early 90’s) was nothing short of mind blowing for me at that age. He *loved* this country…so much so that he had plans on bringing his whole family over here so they could live a life free of oppression. Made me really proud to hear him speak that way and gave me a sense of just how lucky I was. I don’t know whatever happened to him but I hope his family made it. So, to hell with trump for pissing on these kids…they’re better people than he will ever be and have more of a right to be here than he does since they’re not selling out the country.

  • simpfan

    I live in a college town. Foreign students come here from all over the world. Not only do they get an education and maybe stick around and innovate, but while studying here they pump money into the city economy. A good chunk of my apartment building houses foreign students, and I’m guessing my landlord would like them to stick around as long as possible.

    • Christopher Foxx

      Which, for many landlords like yours, won’t stop them from supporting Trump.

      The right is that locked in to harming themselves as long as they get to believe they are frustrating liberals.