Thanks to the collective action by thousands of academic workers, as well as university and state government allies, ICE rescinded its directive requiring international students to attend classes in person or face deportation.
Since the inauguration of the Trump administration, an increasing number of international student workers have been experiencing delays with visa applications and renews, leading to disruptions in work and school schedules. Many members of our union have also been issued visas under restricted terms, such as the one-year length and the single-entry limitation. These restrictions have affected international students from a variety of countries, including China, Iran and Russia.
Our union stands firmly against these unfair and xenophobic policies. Also, more than two thousands members of our union have signed onto a petition calling on the UC President Napolitano to publicly oppose these policies. We'll continue to strategize on how to fight against these visa restrictions, through both interventions in federal and state politics and advocacy to push the university for more resources and support.
“This Executive Proclamation is part of an ongoing effort by the Trump administration to scapegoat non-US citizens,” said Anke Schennink, Ph.D., an international scholar who is also the President of UAW Local 5810. In reaction to the Trump administration’s new Executive Proclamation that suspends crucial visa programs for international workers, UAW members, many of whom […]