TEXAS — On Monday, July 6, 2020, Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that international students who do not have in-person classes in the fall will be required to leave the United States under threat of deportation. Jolt Action denounces this addition to ICE’s long track record of attempts to terrorize immigrant communities at the behest of the Trump administration.
The following is a statement from Antonio Arellano, Interim Executive Director of Jolt Action:
“We at Jolt are disgusted but sadly not surprised by another racist policy from ICE and the Trump administration targeting immigrants. By threatening F-1 visa students with deportation, the president once again demonstrates his disdain for even legal immigrants and his disregard of anyone’s health amid the current global coronavirus pandemic. This comes on top of his renewed attack on DACA, and what has emerged again is Trump’s pattern of targeting young immigrants who are skilled, talented, and seeking a better life.
“This new ICE directive, which puts international students at risk of being forced out of the country unless they take in-person classes in the fall, is a transparent attempt to strongarm college and universities to open fully during the academic year. Trump is trying to make up for his absolute failure to effectively respond to this crisis by creating the illusion that America is returning to normal, and opening us to even greater COVID-19 spread in the process. Make no mistake: This president wants re-election at any cost, even if that cost is our lives.
“Jolt Action will continue to focus on our work of mobilizing young Latinos to register and exercise their right to vote. Our members plainly see that the president is misusing his power to energize his racist base and that his targeting of young immigrants is not only reprehensible — it’s disconnected from reality.
“We know that this new generation of leaders has the power to defeat Trump’s politics of hate, and they will make their voices heard at the ballot box come November. As we saw with the Supreme Court decision on DACA in June, young immigrants have defeated this administration before and stand ready to do it again. Against all odds, we will persevere. ”
Founded in 2016, Jolt Action is a progressive civic engagement organization focused on building the political power and influence of young Latinos in Texas. Jolt Action’s initiatives are focused on community organizing, leadership development, voter engagement, and multi-issue advocacy. Through these efforts, Jolt Action serves to elevate the community’s collective voice to engage and transform our democracy. Jolt’s high school and university chapters across the state mobilize around issues such as student debt, racial and immigrant justice, healthcare reform, and climate change. To learn more, visit jolttx.org.