Message to the Bowdoin Community—Supporting Our International Students (July 7, 2020)
To the Bowdoin community,
It has been just over twenty-four hours since the Trump Administration indicated that it would be issuing new rules that could adversely affect the ability of international students at most American colleges and universities—including international students at Bowdoin—to continue their educations.
It is an appalling and divisive announcement at a time when so many in our country and around the world are already dealing with extraordinary challenges and hardships—and it is one tied directly to the politics of “re-opening” the country and to the administration’s longstanding and ongoing assault on immigrants and immigration. We join with other colleges and universities in vigorously opposing these new rules.
Since these plans were made public yesterday, we have been meeting with legal counsel and others to understand the implications of the announced guidance by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and to discuss how best to support our international students. I have also been in touch with our congressional delegation to again solicit their assistance. Each of our students from abroad is an essential member of the Bowdoin community, and I know that you join me in lending your unequivocal support to them at this incredibly difficult time. I wrote to our students directly last evening to let them know of our work and support, and I will be talking with them on Thursday morning at a town hall for international students.
We will keep you informed as we learn more and as we develop plans to best support our students.
Please stay safe,