MACC’s Statement on ICE Announcement about F1 Visa Restrictions

Maryland’s community colleges are proud of our diverse student body, which includes international students.  For years our colleges have been innovators in how and when classes are held and the format in which materials are presented, accommodating the needs and learning modalities of our students.

Our colleges are dedicated to meeting the needs of our diverse student body, many of whom desire a face-to-face classroom environment.  Our colleges will be offering many face-to-face classes, but this is dependent on the courses and certification requirements.  Unfortunately, strict adherence to COVID-19 safety guidelines will prohibit all student desired classes from being offered this way.  This is in no way the fault of the students, and they should not be threatened with deportation if they choose to attend all of their scheduled classes via an online format.

Our community colleges are democratic institutions dependent on inclusivity and diversity of thought.  The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s  threat of deportation of international students on the basis stated speaks volumes about the type of democracy intended by this decision. The Maryland Association of Community Colleges is opposed to this announcement and vigorously supports our international students and their choice to select online courses during the pandemic.