Wednesday, October 21, 2020
DHS Arrests International Students, Threatens College Leaders for ‘Willful Ignorance’ of Student-Visa Program
Karin Fischer for the Chronicle of Higher Education reports that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security today announced the arrest of 15 international students as part of an investigation into fraud in optional practical training, or OPT, the work program for international graduates. Another 1,100 will lose their work authorizations.
And some college officials will likely have their certification to administer student visas on their campuses revoked as part of the investigation, which is dubbed Operation OPTical Illusion. Kenneth T. Cuccinelli, the acting deputy secretary of homeland security, college administrators exercised a “willful ignorance or a level of negligence” that would lead to their termination as what are known as “designated school officials” in the student-visa program.