The Trump Presidency has been a topic of interest worldwide and a hot topic of discussion as seen among students especially the International students if this will have an effect on their plans to study in the United States. Over the past few days the number of students who have approached us to illuminate on this topic has spiked manifold. Hence we would like to present our unbiased views based on our experience, facts, and data along with on ground sentiment to help you make an informed decision.
To dissect the issue one should look at the whole issue objectively, steer away from rhetoric and then look at the whole saga with a 360 degree approach.
So, should a Trump Presidency worry International Students? The answer is both YES and NO! You ask why? Read On.
Let’s look at some policy outlines and some data before we elaborate: .
As per the Official website managed by the Trump Camp, following statements should indicate the probable Government policy
- On Immigration:
“Protect the economic well-being of the lawful immigrants already living here by curbing uncontrolled foreign worker admissions”
“Select immigrants based on their likelihood of success in the U.S. and their ability to be financially self-sufficient.”
“Enforce the immigration laws of the United States and restore the Constitutional rule of law upon which America’s prosperity and security depend.”
If you read the whole piece you’d realize there are 2 strong stands expressed i.e. Controlled border or stop illegal immigration and welcome skilled labor. None of these statements indicate any deterrent to those who wish to enter the USA legally but at the same time it is also well known many look at entering the US as a student through fraudulent means or getting into shady universities just to enter the country this segment of students need to definitely worry.
- b) On Foreign Policy:
“Suspend, on a temporary basis, immigration from some of the most dangerous and volatile regions of the world that have a history of exporting terrorism.”
It’s important to note there are a handful of Nations earmarked as “dangerous” doesn’t include India, there’s for Indian Students to worry about.
- c) On Education & Foreign Students:
“Work with Congress on reforms to ensure universities are making a good faith effort to reduce the cost of college and student debt in exchange for the federal tax breaks and tax dollars.”
“Immediately add an additional federal investment of $20 billion towards school choice. This will be done by reprioritizing existing federal dollars.”
“I want talented people to come into this country — to work hard and to become citizens. Silicon Valley needs engineers, etc.”– Tweet
“When foreigners attend our great colleges and want to stay in the U.S., they should not be thrown out of our country”– Tweet
We can expect some changes in the way Universities and Schools operate and the funding pattern, there is also a certain level of acceptance of the fact that International Students do make a significant contribution overall.
These are some of the Statements which can be an Indicator of what to expect from the Trump Presidency, however as we all know Statements and Election oratory is often only one side of the coin and most often what really determines an Official Government Policy is the Facts and Reality, let’s explore this further.
As per the latest report released by Open Doors and Published by IIE (Institute of International Education), the number of students enrolling into US Universities jumped up by nearly 25% in 2016. Not only India is the second largest contributor of students it is also one of the most sought out group of students by universities since most students can communicate fluently in English and can afford the tuition fee.
Overall Revenue from the International Students now stands at whopping $35.8 Billion! Indian and Chinese students nearly add up to 48% of Total International Students in the US. In some states like California, Texas and New York 1 out of every 3 student is of International Origin.
It is also widely acknowledged in the academic circles that one of the most important features of studying in the US has been diversity Most Universities and Schools pride on their diverse class size and offer it as an incentive for students to enroll.
Now, with such figures it would be extremely naive for anyone to imagine a total or blanket repulsion of International Students to the US.
Now to conclude on our answer which is both yes and No,
Yes: For those who look at entering the US as a student through fraudulent means and misuse the same.
No: For those who are willing to enter a reputed university and look for jobs upon graduating legally.
Do realise Mr. Trump has been swanking about his business lineage and no business minded individual would cut the source of a multi-billion dollar source of income!
And finally we can be assured of one thing- News will be more colourful than ever before with President Donald. J. Trump in White House!