- Donald Trump government is speeding up plans to force foreign students out of the United States
- Should the plans actualise, international students from many countries across the world including Nigeria will be affected
- 13,000 out of 39,000 Africans travelling to study in America yearly are Nigerians according to U.S. Embassy in Nigeria
Thousands of foreign students studying various degree programmes may be forced out of the United States, marking Nigeria out as one of the counties that may be affected by the new policies set to be introduced by President Donald Trump.
Facing the prospect of losing the 2020 presidential election, Trump, through the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), announced on Monday, July 6, that foreign students may risk deportation.
The American president and some of the officials in his government are reported to be making plans to force foreign nationals to leave the United States, including a new policy that could push out many international students.
It would be recalled that universities worldwide have been making a transition into the online course due to the outbreak of the Covid-19 pandemic which began in the Wuhan City of China.
Universities like Harvard have begun delivering all the course instruction through the online medium including for students living on campus.
Apparently, on the losing side of recent political discourses, top officials in Trump administration are planning to deport foreign students.
Should the new policy materialise, Nigeria which accounted for one-third of the total African students studying in the U.S will be grossly affected as 13,000 out of 39,000 Africans travelling to study in the USA yearly are Nigerians according to U.S. Embassy in Nigeria.
“The Trump administration seems to be doing everything it can to stop all immigration to the United States,” Stephen Yale-Loehr, a Cornell Law School professor and an advisor to the National Foundation for American Policy said.
Meanwhile, Legit.ng reported that President Donald Trump has announced that the US is halting funding to the World Health Organisation (WHO) to allow for a review on how the health agency has been steering fight against coronavirus.
During his address on Tuesday, April 14, Trump accused WHO of contributing to the rapid spread of the virus and also playing a cover-up role thus complicating the fight against the global pandemic.
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