Several universities in the United States are mailing prospective to allay international students to know that they are welcome to their colleges, who fear the executive order signed by President Donald Trump targeting immigrants. Regardless of what the Trump administration says.
The mails are sent in an attempt to reassure immigrant students, these steps taken by universities have become necessary, since the US remains the hub for Indian students.
Mubarak Kader received a mail from the Duke University in North Carolina this week, where he applied for the engineering management program. The university wrote "We know many members of the global community are concerned about the new policies," and also added links to the statements made by the president of the institution, who promised to bring these concerns to policy makers and the public.
A student pursuing law at the University of Miami said their university president sent out a similar message to all international students. He said that the university will always be a place for people from different cultures who all can come together and engage in dialogue.
The University of Michigan and Northeastern University, too, have sent out similar mails to their international students who may be apprehensive about being subjected to discrimination while at university or being detained at immigration points as witnessed at several United States airports.
Anupama Vijay, who is an education consultant, said that Indian students pursuing professional courses will not have any issue as their student’s visa entitle them for a five year optional practical training period.
She also said after the training period, securing an H-1B visa may become a concern. But their status as students in the country will be untouched by the new policy.