Trump is using foreign students in a cynical move to force normal.

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Harvard.

From ICE’s Student and Exchange Visitor Program:

“Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status. If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.”

More than 1 million of the country’s higher education students come from abroad.

At the same time Harvard has announced that all students will take all courses online.

Harvard University reports having a total of 6,572 international students on campus, 1,185 of whom are undergraduates. This is out of a total of 31,120 students, 9,965 of whom are undergraduates. International students make up about 21.1% of the student body.

Will all Harvard’s foreign students have to leave now? I mean I know Harvard is rich, but that’s a lot of Harvard students and a lot of money.

At Cal, 16% are foreign students. UCLA roughly the same. 23% at the University of Illinois.

What is Trump up to here?

Trump wants schools to open because his re-election campaign is tanking and it has shifted to trying to convince us that COVID is the new normal and we can live with it.

As an aside, this “just get over it” Trump narrative is one that scares the shit out of those who are over 65, a high risk group by virtue of our age.

Trump wants all schools open in the Fall no matter if it is K-12 or higher ed.

Even some Democrats and the teachers unions have said the same thing, only they add the word “safely,” to the line about opening schools.

Nobody has explained adequately how – in just a few weeks for some schools – we are going to open safely for students, teachers and staff.

5 thoughts on “Trump is using foreign students in a cynical move to force normal.

  1. “Even some Democrats and the teachers unions have said the same thing, only they add the word “safely,” to the line about opening schools.”

    One of those people adding the word “safely” is Carol Burris: https://dianeravitch.net/2020/07/07/carol-burris-why-schools-should-reopen-safely/#comments .

    It needs to be pointed out that “safely” is a relative term. If I ask you if you can “safely” operate a motor vehicle, I’m guessing you would say yes even though there are about 6 million car crashes a year in the U.S. Everything we do in life – including doing nothing – comes with risks. We all weigh those risks differently and decide what is “safe” for us and how we can take precautions on both the individual and societal levels. Some communities enforce a low speed limit while others allow for faster speeds. Some people feel they can “safely” drive in the Indy 500 while others can’t safely drive at all.

    The question is, what precautions can schools and individuals take so that schools are safe enough to make the risk acceptable, and that will vary by school and by individual in each school. For people in high risk groups, I can understand if they aren’t willing to risk going back until there is a vaccine, or at least high levels of testing and contact tracing along with enforced masks and social distancing. But for others, particularly students who are at low risk from the disease and high risk of adverse effects from isolation, loneliness and depression, moderate precautions such as cleaning and hand-washing may be enough to make school “safe” enough.

    Let every community decide what’s best for them and then provide accommodations and work with individuals who don’t feel comfortable with what’s “safe enough” for the community.

    1. Let every community decide in the face of a national and world wide pandemic is what got us into this mess in the first place. But I believe you interpret Carol Burris incorrectly. She talks about the need for specific criteria, resources and flexibility. Nothing about communities deciding what is an acceptable level of risk for their children. What an odious idea. What if the political leaders of a community in Texas or Florida decide that an acceptable level of risk is 25% COVID infection? I read her as calling for plans, and more importantly resources, that are aimed at reducing risk to the lowest possible level, an entirely different idea. Do those plans and resources exist in most school districts? Absolutely not.

  2. Some people feel they can “safely” drive in the Indy 500 while others can’t safely drive at all. – DIENNE77

    Some people also believe they can fool others with false comparisons and carefully manipulated (illogical) metaphors.

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