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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Montgomery College President DeRionne Pollard Applauds Administration’s Decision to Rescind Action Against F-1 Visa Students

I am pleased to hear that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has agreed to rescind its July 6 policy directive that would have prohibited F-1 Visa students from remaining in the U.S. if enrolled in online-only courses amid a global pandemic. We’re proud to extend the opportunity for the hundreds of F-1 international students currently enrolled at MC to continue their studies safely in an online format without fear of being pushed out of this country or being forced to search for another institution.

I thank the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and the over 180-member colleges and universities who filed an amicus brief in support of Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)’s legal complaint against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

Montgomery College is a welcoming home to ALL, and we’ll continue to foster a radically inclusive learning environment, this fall and beyond.

– Dr. DeRionne P. Pollard is the president of Montgomery College, a three-campus community college with 56,000 credit and noncredit students.

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