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Joint Statement from the Massachusetts Community College Presidents

July 13, 2020 – “We are stunned by the recent guidance by ICE regarding international students, which creates cruel, unfair, and unnecessary confusion about how they should proceed towards the rapidly approaching fall semester. In response to this spring semester’s unexpected and sudden transition to remote learning, exemptions were justifiably expanded for international students so they could continue learning and remain safe amidst a global pandemic – a crisis that is far from over. As Presidents of the 15 Community Colleges across Massachusetts, we value our international students, who are incredibly important to the cultural fabric of our colleges and the Commonwealth. To reverse this policy now, when international students have already finalized their plans for the fall, is heartless. We denounce ICE’s latest guidance and demand that the earlier policy from the spring be maintained.”