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Tuesday, July 7, 2020

US to deport foreign students as classes move online, plans to ban TikTok, other Chinese s.m apps over national security concerns

USA plans to ban TikTok

The United States said on Monday, that International students who are pursuing degrees in the country will have to leave the country or risk deportation if their universities switch to online-only courses, because of the coronavirus crisis.

Nonimmigrant F-1 and M-1 students attending schools operating entirely online may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States,” US Immigration and Custom Enforcement said in a statement.

Active students currently in the United States enrolled in such programs must depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status,” ICE said.

If not, they may face immigration consequences including, but not limited to, the initiation of removal proceedings.

ICE said the State Department “will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will US Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.

F-1 students pursue academic coursework and M-1 students pursue “vocational coursework,” according to ICE.

Universities with a hybrid system of in-person and online classes will have to show that foreign students are taking as many in-person classes as possible, to maintain their status.

US deport foreign students

Government of the United States is also considering banning TikTok and other Chinese social media apps over national security concerns.

The Secretary of state, Mike Pompeo suggested the move during an interview with Fox News on Monday, July 6.

When Ingraham, the interviwer whether USA should be considering a ban on Chinese social media apps, “especially TikTok”, Pompeo said, “With respect to Chinese apps on people’s cell phones, I can assure you the United States will get this one right too, Laura. I don’t want to get out in front of the President [Donald Trump], but it’s something we’re looking at.”

Pompeo added that people should only download the app “if you want your private information in the hands of the Chinese Communist Party.”

USA plans to ban TikTok

His comment comes after US lawmakers raised national security concerns over TikTok’s handling of user data, accusing the short-form video app of being a threat to national security because of its ties to China. They also allege that the company could be compelled to “support and cooperate with intelligence work controlled by the Chinese Communist Party.”

Reacting to Pompeo’s comments, a TikTok spokesperson said in a statement: “TikTok is led by an American CEO, with hundreds of employees and key leaders across safety, security, product, and public policy here in the US. We have no higher priority than promoting a safe and secure app experience for our users. We have never provided user data to the Chinese government, nor would we do so if asked.”

Last week, it was in the news that the government of India banned 59 Chinese mobile applications, including top social media platforms such as TikTok, Helo, and WeChat, to counter the threat posed by these applications to its “sovereignty and security”.

TikTok is owned by Beijing-based startup, ByteDance.

Source: LIB 
CNN

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