University of Arizona and UAZGlobal Support International Students

July 13, 2020

UArizona Joins Coalition of 20 Universities in Lawsuit Challenging ICE's Recent Order on International Students


UAZGlobal shares the sentiments of UA’s Jenny J. Lee, a professor in the Center for the Study of Higher Education at the University of Arizona, in her opinion article published in InsiderHigherEd online last week.

Read Lee's article here ►International Students Shouldn’t Be Political Pawns

International students and faculty are cherished and integral members of our college and university communities. And, as Lee states, “Regardless of whichever way SEVP swings, institutional decisions on the extent of reopening must be based less on short-term dollars and far more on the humanitarian impact.”

We agree that the recent SEVP policy is in no way neutral, nor is the concern a matter of immigration. International students are caught in this political power play between the current administration and the higher education sector.

What the SEVP policy does do is strong-arm U.S. higher education institutions into resuming in-person classes, or forfeit international student enrollment.

We believe that colleges and universities, working with their communities, cities, and local health authorities, should be able to make the decision that is right for that institution and that provides the safest and most appropriate experience for all students.


Furthering our commitment to the international student community, the University of Arizona has joined a coalition of 20 universities in a lawsuit challenging ICE's recent order on international students. The Coalition is suing the federal government for its order issued last week requiring international students to attend classes in person or face the risk of deportation. The lawsuit was filed today, Monday, July 13, 2020, in federal court in Eugene, Oregon. 

Read the Arizona News article here ►UArizona Joins Coalition of 20 Universities in Lawsuit Challenging ICE's Recent Order on International Students

In the article, University of Arizona President Robert C. Robbins says that "The contributions of our international students are crucial to the learning and research conducted every day here, and we are fighting to ensure their continuation." 

Students, Faculty and Staff with questions or concerns can learn more at one of these Fall 2020 Immigration Updates Zoom sessions:

► 7/15/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 am | For Current F-1 Students

► 7/15/2020 | 12:00 - 1:00 pm | For UArizona Faculty and Staff

► 7/15/2020 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm | For Current F-1 Students

► 7/16/2020 | 10:00 - 11:00 am | For *NEW* F-1 Students

► 7/16/2020 | 2:00 - 3:00 pm | For *NEW* F-1 Students

As always, International Student Services staff is available for advising via email and Zoom.