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  1. SEVP Report Highlights Changes in International Student Population

    by , 04-30-2018 at 09:10 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    For Immediate Release
    For media inquiries about ICE activities, operations, or policies, contact the ICE Office of Public Affairs at (202) 732-4242.

    SEVP report highlights changes in international student population

    Slight decrease from May 2017; Stark declines from Saudi Arabia, South Korea
    **High resolution infographics are available for download at

    WASHINGTON -- Slightly more than 1.2 million international students with F (academic) or M (vocational) status study in the United States according to the latest "SEVIS by the Numbers," a report on international student trends prepared by the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP), part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).

    The report, released Monday by SEVP, highlights March 2018 data from the Student and Exchange Visitor Information System (SEVIS), a Web-based system that includes information about international students, exchange visitors and their dependents while they are in the United States.

    Based on data extracted from SEVIS March 5, international student enrollment at U.S. schools decreased .5 percent compared to March 2017.

    Roughly 85 percent of all F and M students enrolled in higher education degree programs, marking a .8 percent increase from March 2017. The largest growth and decline came from students seeking doctorate degrees and associates degrees, respectively. Doctorate degree programs saw a 4 percent increase in enrollment, while associates degree programs saw a 5 percent decrease. There were 785,435 F-1 students in the U.S. seeking bachelor’s and master’s degrees, and 58 percent of those students pursued degrees in business, engineering and computer science.

    The largest number of international students hailed from Asia, but when comparing March 2018 to March 2017 data, there were less students from the continent studying in the U.S. While China and India accounted for nearly half of the international student population, stark declines in students from Saudi Arabia and South Korea of 17 percent and 7.5 percent, respectively, resulted in an overall decline in Asian students.

    South America saw the largest growth in international students coming to the U.S. to study. The number of Brazilian and Argentinean students increased by 13.1 percent and 6.7 percent, respectively.

    As of March 5, there were 8,744 SEVP-certified schools in the U.S., 28 less than March 2017. Most certified schools enrolled fewer than 50 international students; only 38 certified schools hosted more than 5,000 international students. The following schools had the highest number of enrolled F-1 students: New York University (16,960 F-1 students), University of Southern California (14,644 F-1 students), Northeastern University (14,248 F-1 students), Columbia University in the City of New York (12,785 F-1 students), and the University of Illinois (11,474 F-1 students). No U.S. school certified to enroll M-1 students enrolled more than 1,000 students.

    California continued to have the highest international student population, followed by New York and Texas. Together, these three states hosted 35 percent of the entire international student population.

    This report also included a breakdown of international student enrollment by U.S. region. In the Northeast, 83 percent of international students pursued a post-secondary degree. Maine was the only state in the Northeast to experience a dip in international student enrollment numbers. Massachusetts was home to the fasting growing and second largest international student population in the region, hosting 73,859 students. It also saw nearly a 10 percent increase in the number of students pursuing master’s degrees from March 2017.

    In the South, Kentucky saw the largest growth in the reporting year, with its international student population growing by 70 percent, an increase of 6,299 international students. Virginia, Oklahoma and Texas all experienced declining international student numbers, with Virginia’s international student population decreasing by 3,058 students or roughly 11 percent.

    The Midwest saw about a 1.5 percent decline in the number of international students, with eight of the 12 states in the region seeing a dip in the reporting period. Missouri, Ohio and Indiana saw the greatest reductions in their international student populations.

    In March 2018, there were 11,631 less international students enrolled at schools in the West. Even though California retained the largest international student population, it also saw the steepest decline in international students with 9,293 less students studying in the state than March 2017.

    Individuals can explore and drill down international student data from current and previous "SEVIS by the Numbers" reports by visiting SEVP’s interactive mapping tool. This information is viewable at the continent, region and country level and includes information on gender and education levels, as well as international student populations by state, broken down by geographical areas across the globe.

    SEVP monitors more than one million international students pursuing academic or vocational studies (F and M visa holders) in the United States and their dependents. It also certifies schools and programs that enroll these students. The U.S. Department of State monitors exchange visitors (J visa holders) and their dependents, and oversees exchange visitor programs.

    Both use SEVIS to protect national security by ensuring that students, visitors and schools comply with U.S. laws. SEVP also collects and shares SEVIS information with government partners, including U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, so only legitimate international students and exchange visitors enter the United States.

    HSI reviews SEVIS records for potential violations and refers cases with possible national security or public safety concerns to its field offices for further investigation. Additionally, SEVP’s Analysis and Operations Center analyzes student and school records for administrative compliance with federal regulations related to studying in the United States.

    Learn more about SEVP at
    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is the largest investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security.
  2. ICE Responds to New York Governor Cuomo

    by , 04-26-2018 at 06:00 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)

    U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sent this bulletin at 04/25/2018 07:39 PM EDT

    For Immediate Release For media inquiries about ICE activities, operations, or policies, contact the ICE Office of Public Affairs at (202) 732-4242.


    “As a native New Yorker who began my law enforcement career as a police officer in the state, I was disappointed to learn about Governor Cuomo's grandstanding today over the issue of immigration enforcement. The Governor's comments were inaccurate and an insult to ICE's sworn law enforcement officers who conduct their lawful mission professionally and with integrity. These brave men and woman leave the safety of their homes everyday to protect this great nation and our communities. ICE cannot and will not cease and desist from fulfilling our agency’s congressionally mandated mission of enforcing federal law.

    “Reflecting our commitment to public safety, since September 2016, ICE has arrested nearly 5,000 criminal aliens in New York—individuals with a criminal conviction in addition to their violation of immigration laws
    . Many of these arrests were conducted at large in the community, which ICE is increasingly forced to do due to sanctuary policies in the state that prevent us from taking custody of criminal aliens in the secure confines of a jail. The Governor supports these policies at the expense of the safety of the very same communities he took an oath to protect.

    "Through Operation Matador, an operation focused on dangerous MS-13 gang members and associates in New York, ICE has arrested 484 individuals for both criminal and/or immigration violations. ICE has increased our resources and assistance upstate to assist local law enforcement in opioid and fentanyl investigations and dismantling cross border crime.

    “With respect to the cases the Governor mentioned, Ravi Ragbir, arrested in Staten Island, is a convicted aggravated felon in addition to his immigration violations. Marcial DeLeon-Aguilar, also a criminal alien, arrested in Rome, New York, is a three-time prior deportee who has felony criminal convictions for reckless aggravated assault and illegal re-entry- also a felony.

    “In each targeted enforcement action in which these specific individuals were sought, ICE officers acted professionally and within their legal authorities under federal immigration law.

    "ICE will continue to protect New York communities against public safety and national security threats and it is false and offensive for the Governor to say otherwise."

  3. Justice Department Reverses Course on Suspending Legal Assistance Program for Detained Immigrants

    by , 04-26-2018 at 05:39 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via the Washington Post:

    After objections from immigration lawyers and lawmakers, Attorney General Jeff Sessions said Wednesday that he would not suspend a legal-aid program for detained immigrants while it undergoes a review.

    The government-funded Legal Orientation Program, launched in 2003 under President George W. Bush, was created to ensure that immigrants know their rights and legal options in court. It serves more than 50,000 detained immigrants facing deportation proceedings each year.

    Sessions, an immigration hawk, said the U.S. immigration courts had planned to suspend the program starting as early as next week. At a budget hearing before a Senate appropriations subcommittee, he signaled that he had received questions about pausing the program from lawmakers in both parties, including the subcommittee’s chairman, Sen. Jerry Moran (R-Kan.), and its ranking Democratic member, Sen. Jeanne Shaheen (N.H.).

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  4. Undocumented Transgender Woman Taken into Custody After Filing For Protective Order

    by , 04-25-2018 at 02:33 PM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Via NPR's Latino USA:

    In February of 2017, an undocumented transgender woman named Estrella González filed a protective order in an El Paso County courthouse. The judge granted her a protective order. Shortly after the protective order was granted, she was approached by immigration enforcement agents who had been waiting for her. She is facing federal charges as a result of her apprehension.

    Click here for more.
  5. Immigration Judge Earle Wilson Repeatedly Finds that Victims of Rape Do Not Qualify for Asylum

    by , 04-24-2018 at 10:31 AM (Matthew Kolken on Deportation And Removal)
    Immigration lawyer Bryan Johnson reviewed the FY 2017 BIA remands and underlying decisions of Immigration Judge Earle Wilson. Judge Wilson sits on the immigration court in Atlanta Georgia, which have been infamously called the "lawless court" as a result of alleged pervasive deprivation of due process, and sexism. Judge Wilson has a 97.8 percent denial rate for asylum applications that he presided over between fiscal years 2012 through 2017.

    Click here to read excerpts from Judge Wilson's decisions denying asylum courtesy of Bryan Johnson.

    Updated 04-24-2018 at 11:13 AM by MKolken

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