Mucarsel-Powell Expresses Support For International Students Following Trump Administration's Reversal Of Deportation Threat
oday, U.S. Rep. Debbie Mucarsel-Powell (FL-26), former associate dean of the Florida International University College of Medicine, released the following statement following the Trump administration's backtracking on their plan to revoke visas for and deport international students if their education is limited to virtual instruction:
"The reversal of this hateful rule is the result of students, universities, and countless Floridians standing with our international students who are vital to South Florida and provide hundreds of millions of dollars to our universities, colleges, and local economy. International students are a staple of Miami's diverse culture and strengthen our important connections to Latin America -- nearly 25% of all international students from South America study in Florida," said Mucarsel-Powell. "The administration must stop with these senseless attacks on those from other countries. They must also provide science-based guidance on how and when students can safely return to schools and universities and pass the HEROES Act so that school districts and colleges have the funds necessary to make it safer for students and staff to return. Students, administrators, and their schools should not be punished for taking this pandemic seriously."