Monday’s announcement by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) of a modification to the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP) has caused widespread confusion and threatens the ability of international students to remain in the US. In response to demands from our union and many other groups, yesterday UC announced it will join many universities that are filing lawsuits to block this xenophobic order.

Info session on ICE announcement: Friday, July 10, 1pm
UAW 5810 and 2865, joined by 13 other UAW academic unions, are hosting an info session tomorrow (Friday, July 10) at 1pm regarding Monday’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announcement about F-1 and M-1 visas. The guest speaker is Stacey Gartland from immigration law firm Van Der Hout LLP.* Please RSVP here and you will be sent a link before the session.

*The info session will address general questions. Speakers will not be able to address questions about your specific case. If there is a general topic you would like to get more info on, please let us know via this form (also linked above). If you have a question about your specific situation, you can schedule a consultation appointment with one of the attorneys.

Take action
The outrageous action comes just weeks after the Trump Administration issued restrictions on entry for H-1Bs and other visas. Click here for information from our union about the June 22 Executive Proclamation including FAQs and a video of the info session we held on June 23. If you or your dependent(s) are affected by this Proclamation, please let us know – we’re collecting scenarios and stories for media and possible legal action.

And please join us taking action to oppose these xenophobic and dangerous orders. Send a letter to your representatives to urge them to protect international students and scholars here and demand that ICE rescind this decision here. Since Monday we have worked with Rep. Jimmy Panetta to build support for reversing the student ban, and 136 Members of Congress have now signed a letter demanding that ICE reverse its decision to strip student visas if classes are online due to COVID-19. This is a great step, but more pressure is needed!

If you have any questions, or would like to join the UAW 5810 International Scholars working group, please reach out right away at internationalscholars@uaw5810.org.

In solidarity,

The UAW 5810 International Scholars Working Group