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ICE to rescind new international student guidelines

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released new guidelines Monday, which said if universities move classes fully online, the agency will move to deport international students.

By Rebecca Johnson and Jon Moss

July 14, 2020

U.S. Immigration and Custom Enforcement said Tuesday that it will rescind guidance issued last Monday which would have forced international students to leave the country if classes are online only in the fall.

Pitt files brief in support of lawsuit against new ICE guidelines

The Cathedral of Learning watches over an empty Pitt campus.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

July 13, 2020

Pitt filed an amicus brief on Monday supporting Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology’s lawsuit against the Trump administration.

‘What did we do to deserve this?’: International students worried about new ICE guidelines

The COVID-19 pandemic causes uncertainty about returning for the fall semester for many of Pitt’s more than 3,100 international students.

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

July 10, 2020

International students at Pitt say they are gravely concerned over new U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement guidelines announced Monday, which would force them to leave the country if the University moves classes online only for the fall.

More than 1,000 people sign letter urging University action against ICE guidance

More than 1,000 people sign letter urging University action against ICE guidance

By Rebecca Johnson, Senior Staff Writer

July 9, 2020

More than 1,000 people have signed an open letter penned by four graduate students in the English department to Pitt’s administration urging the University to take swift action.

Editorial | International student guidelines show why ICE must go

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released new guidelines Monday, which said if universities move classes fully online, the agency will move to deport international students.

By The Pitt News Editorial Board

July 7, 2020

These guidelines for international students are nothing more than a way to advance the administration’s current anti-immigrant agenda and kickstart the economy by forcing students back to work.

Beyond reform: Abolish ICE

Several thousand people gathered in Minneapolis this June to call for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement after policies enacted by the Trump administration separated migrant children from their parents.

By Jason Henriquez, For The Pitt News

September 16, 2018

Giving the power to deport naturalized citizens to ICE, an undemocratic organization dominated by the executive branch, opens the door to a multitude of injustices.

Sheila Vélez Martínez: Making a case for humanity

Sheila Vélez Martínez: Making a case for humanity

By Salina Pressimone & Thomas Yang

March 27, 2018

When Hurricane Maria swept through Puerto Rico in September 2017, Professor Sheila Vélez Martínez was already taking steps to ensure that law students like Sofia Mendoza continue their legal education. Mendoza, who was enrolled at the University of Puerto Rico, found a temporary home at Pitt in ...

Immigration officials make arrest on Craig Street

Immigration and Customs Enforcement made an arrest on Craig Street Thursday. (Photo by John Hamilton / Managing Editor)

By John Hamilton, Janine Faust and Salina Pressimone

January 11, 2018

Immigration officers arrested a person on Craig Street Thursday afternoon as part of a targeted raid in the Oakland area, Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said Thursday night. ICE officials said the Pittsburgh sub-office conducted an operation that lead to the arrest of one person at the Un...

Not too late to skate

Skaters pass in front of the Christmas tree at the MassMutual Pittsburgh Ice Rink at PPG Place Downtown. (Photo by Christian Snyder | Contributing Editor)

By Sarah Connor, Staff Writer

December 8, 2017

Kristen Steffes was sprawled facedown on the surface of the choppy, snowy ice at the outdoor Schenley Park Skating Rink. The first-year biology and gender studies double major shrieked with laughter as her night of ice-skating started off with a bang — actually, it was more like a thud. She got...

ICE arrests at courts spark backlash from lawyers, judges

By By James Queally | Los Angeles Times (TNS)

March 19, 2017

LOS ANGELES — Octavio Chaidez was walking out of a Pasadena courtroom with a client last month when four men jumped up from a hallway bench and rushed toward them. The men asked his client’s name. Then they pulled out badges. “They say, ‘You’re Mr. So and So?’ and he says, ‘Yes,’” Ch...

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