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CBP Sending Chinese Graduate Students Home

March 04, 2024 (1 min read)

Jeffrey Mervis, Science, Mar. 1, 2024

"More than a dozen Chinese graduate students holding valid U.S. visas are the latest pawns amid the rising political tensions between the two countries. In the past 3 months, students in Ph.D. science programs at Yale University, Johns Hopkins University, and other major U.S. research universities have been denied re-entry after visiting family in China—and immediately sent back home. Why they were blocked is unclear. But their institutions are scrambling to find ways for these students, some of whom are banned from returning to the United States for 5 years, to complete their research and earn their degrees. ... A critical factor in the recent deportations may have been a directive issued in May 2020 by then-President Donald Trump. It gives CBP the authority to deny entry to Chinese graduate students and postdoctoral scholars who have been supported by Chinese institutions carrying out a 2017 government edict that endorses acquiring foreign civilian technologies that could also have military uses. However, there’s no official list of such entities or of the relevant technologies."