International students at U.S. universities expressed relief after the Trump administration rescinded a rule that would have required them to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of COVID-19. (July 14)
KYMBERLY CHU: I feel like there is a huge sense of relief. And I felt this huge amount of burden just gone or taken away. Most of us have already paid fall tuition. We already signed our leases. We already registered for classes, so it'd be too late to do anything at this point.
The timing of that memo was really inconsiderate and inhumane. You know, you might not have the option of taking a flight back to your home country. And obviously, you're taking classes in a different time zone. It's going to be extremely difficult to adjust to.
ANCA WILKENING: I had to go to emergency mental health services because I was, you know, very, very anxious about what was going to happen. I saw that the Harvard case was strong and that the government's response was not. So I think I've had a little bit more hope the last few days. I just, like, broke down in tears. So it's been a lot. It's been a big emotional journey.