Earlier this week, I joined university officials from central and southwestern Illinois in supporting the Trump administration's decision to
rescind guidance issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs (ICE) that threatened the legal status of tens of thousands of international students studying at Illinois colleges and universities.
Thousands of international students travel from across the world to central and southwestern Illinois every year to seek a world class education at the public and private universities in the 13th District. These hardworking students are the best and brightest from their countries, and they help our communities grow both culturally and economically. I’m glad the Trump administration made the right decision and rescinded this guidance because universities should have as much flexibility as possible in determining how their students receive instruction in light of the COVID-19 pandemic. International students deserve to stay in their university towns if they choose, regardless of how they receive their class instruction, whether that’s online or in-person.
You can read our letter and statements from regional university officials