Statement by UMass President Marty Meehan regarding the rescinding of ICE guidance on international students

“The rescinding of the ICE decision to force fully online international students to leave the country or transfer to another university is welcome news for more than 7,000 UMass students and nearly one million of their peers nationwide. I want to thank Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey, who rapidly built a national coalition of attorneys general to fight ICE’s plan, as well as our UMass team and higher education colleagues around the nation who developed a compelling, fact-based case for why international students strengthen our communities and our economy. This decision now allows us to return to the important work of planning for a fall semester that offers all of our students the safe, high-quality education they deserve.”