The Democratic nominee Joe Biden has defeated Donald Trump during the 2020 US presidential elections, becoming the 46th president of the United States.
The majority of students across the United States who have been affected by Trump’s anti-immigration policies have welcomed the news on the victory of Democrat Joe Biden, Erudera College news reports.
One of the main reasons why Biden’s win is good news for students in the United States is because Biden, among other things, during the democratic presidential primary 2020, backed the proposal of Senator Elizabeth Warren to cancel at least $10,000 debt per student. According to him, the cancellation should be made as a COVID-19 relief for student borrowers.
In addition to debt cancellation, Joe Biden has also proposed free college tuition for some categories of students in the US, which would be as follows:
1. Tuition fees would be free for four years for those attending public universities or colleges if the family receives annual amounts lower than $125,000.
2. Tuition fees for two years would be covered for those students attending a private minority-serving.
3. Tuition fee would be free for two years for those attending a community college if the student did not study a post-secondary degree earlier.
Activists say that the number of international students in the United States has decreased as a result of harsh policies for international students imposed by the Trump administration.
Back in January 2017, when inaugurated as the US President, Trump signed the ban on travellers from Iran, Yemen, Libya and Syria. These policies have led to a decrease in the number of international students, especially those coming from the Middle East.
Whereas, Biden stated that he would withdraw Trump’s restrictions on travellers from certain majority-Muslim countries.
“Prohibiting Muslims from entering the country is morally wrong, and there is no intelligence or evidence that suggests it makes our nation more secure. It is yet another abuse of power by the Trump Administration designed to target primarily black and brown immigrants. Biden will immediately rescind the ‘Muslim bans,’ Biden’s campaign reads.
Donald Trump’s recent decisions on banning international students from certain countries to only two-year valid visas, affecting students whose studies last four years, have led to students’ dissatisfaction.
The proposed rules meant that international students who will be affected by the policy would not be allowed to obtain visas for more than two years, but they would be allowed to apply for a visa extension by the end of visa validity.
Several universities, such as the University of Illinois, University of Wisconsin, University of Minnesota and more have opposed this decision.
As a result, Joe Biden, now US’ first man, could be the hope for these international students.
Moreover, Biden has also stated that he will reestablish the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) programme, which was established by the Obama Administration in 2012 to protect the undocumented immigrants who entered the US as children.
According to a report from the President’s Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, 450,000 undocumented students are enrolled in post-secondary education.
“Of these students, 216,000 are DACA-eligible (they either hold DACA or would have been eligible for DACA),” the report said.
An online poll carried out by Erudera College News, involving 430 participants of different nationalities has revealed that 71.1 per cent of international students in the United States prefer Joe Biden over Donald Trump, who received the support of only 28.9 per cent of international students.
According to NAFSA, international students contributed $41 billion to the US economy last year.