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Foreign students could face harsher penalties than suspension for anti-Israel rioting: DHS

The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) announced Wednesday that foreign students will be deported if their courses are suspended while on a student visa, similar to the anti-Israel protests that have engulfed Columbia University and other American universities. acknowledged that they may face

Anti-Israel protests, including anti-Semitic remarks and threats against Jewish students, have occurred at Columbia University and on college campuses across the country, with classes at Columbia now in a hybrid format due to safety concerns.

Questions have been raised about whether some students on student visas could have their visas canceled or be deported. Sen. Marsha Blackburn (R-Tenn.) posted on X calling for the removal of foreigners who support Hamas.

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Pro-Palestinian supporters gathered in front of Columbia University in New York City on Wednesday. (Gina Moon/Getty Images)

“All foreign students studying in the United States who support Hamas should be immediately deported. We should also cancel federal student loans for American students arrested for supporting Hamas,” she said.

DHS Homeland Security Investigations told Fox News that international students are considered “in status” if they are making progress in their courses, and a temporary suspension does not necessarily affect that status. . However, there are ways that suspension can lead to removal proceedings.

A spokesperson said: “A suspension does not necessarily mean a student will make less than ‘normal progress’ in their studies, even if it is the final decision for the student.”

“If a student is suspended, DHS will need reason to believe that the student is unable to make normal progress in the academic process,” they added. “And if we believe that suspension merits such a determination, we must begin the removal process, which will be done on a case-by-case basis in coordination with the Office of Chief Legal Officer at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).” Advisor (OPLA). ”

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Ultimately, immigration officials will decide whether to deport a foreign national. DHS itself does not cancel visas. Instead, the decision is made by the State Department, and most visa revocations are not themselves grounds for deportation proceedings, but merely prevent future entry into the United States.

Students who come to the United States to study maintain their visa by fulfilling the purpose of their visa (study abroad) and following regulations related to it.

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Meanwhile, protests spread across the country. Hundreds of students from Massachusetts to California and Tennessee to Texas have now gathered and vowed to remain on campus until their demands are met.

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The national movement is gaining momentum, with officials including Columbia University, Yale University, Massachusetts Institute of Technology, University of California, Berkeley, University of Southern California, Princeton University, Harvard University, Stanford University, Northwestern University, Vanderbilt University, It continues to allow anti-Israel demonstrations at schools such as the University of Michigan. University of North Carolina, University of Virginia, etc.

The protests mark the six-month milestone of the Israel-Hamas war, which was reached earlier this month. The war began with a Hamas terrorist attack in Israel on October 7th.

FOX News’ Lawrence Richard and Brooke Singman contributed to this report.

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