Big News: the Immigation and Customs Enforcement (ICE) just announced that they are rescinding the July 6 directive in the face of pressure from our union and other academic worker unions, University administrations, members of Congress, and allies across the nation. The directive would have required international students to attend classes in person or face deportation.

When we fight we win!

  • Coalition-building, grassroots direct action, and litigation were keys to victory.
  • This week of organizing, collective action, public education, litigation development with university and elected allies (state attorneys general, members of Congress, and more) created a groundswell of pressure that prompted the Trump administration to back down before the court hearing even began.

The fight is not over!

  • The 7/6 ICE directive was one of many policies in recent weeks by the Trump administration designed to scapegoat non-citizens. We will continue to build on this victory to ensure that our university campuses and other workplaces are welcoming and supportive of all regardless of citizenship status.
  • We are working on filing a declaration to support a lawsuit challenging the H-1B entry ban announced on June 22; this will include examples of affected UAW 5810 members to show why the ban should be reversed.
  • You can submit a comment to oppose the Trump administration’s proposed changes to asylum rules, which would gut protections for individuals fleeing life-threatening persecution and would make it nearly impossible to get asylum in the US. The deadline is tomorrow (Wednesday July 15 at 8.59PM), and you can submit a comment via Immigrant Justice Campaign’s page. We have also prepared a comment on behalf of UAW 5810.
  • Join us in sending a letter to your representatives to urge them to end all policies that harm international students and scholars. Click to send a letter with a few clicks using a template letter.
  • Join our union’s international working group to develop an even stronger information and support network for international students and scholars. To get involved, contact us at
  • If you’re not already, become a member of the union to build on our momentum. Click here to sign up.

In solidarity,

UAW 5810 International Scholars Working Group