Here’s a relevant paragraph from Stuart Anderson’s 6.1.20 article for Forbes:
New Restrictions on International Students: New enrollment of international students fell by more than 10% between the 2015-16 and 2018-2019 academic years. That has not discouraged the Trump administration from proposing additional international student restrictions. Items on the administration’s regulatory agenda include targeting Optional Practical Training (OPT), establishing a “maximum period of authorized stay for students” (a change from the current “duration of status”) and a proposed rule (with a September 2020 target) on “unlawful presence.” That rule is likely a response to a May 2019 injunction blocking two policy memos on “unlawful presence” following a lawsuit (Guilford College) filed by universities. (See here for a discussion of the current OPT lawsuit.)
I’m reminded of the quote No matter how bad things are, they can always be worse. On the bright side, there’s this line from Long Time Gone (Crosby, Stills and Nash): But you know the darkest hour is always, always just before the dawn.
Shalom (שלום), MAA