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Foreign students caught up in the US elections

International students who study in the US have taken a stand in response to the first, second and third presidential debates and the overall feel of the US elections. In just a few hours, broadcasts of the final presidential polls will air in every news channel and the election results will be revealed. Until then, here are a few things you should know about international students in the United States and prospective students and what they think about the presidential election.

The US is the number one study abroad destination for international students, hosting hundreds of thousands of students from countries like China, India, South Korea, Saudi Arabia, Canada, Brazil, Taiwan, Japan, Vietnam and Mexico. 

These students are doing degrees study topics like business and management, engineering, mathematics, computer science, social sciences, education and agriculture. Students move to the US because they know that studying in the US will enhance their academic skills, help their career and in general, improve their lives. International students contribute over $30 billion to the US economy and are a huge asset to the intellectual academic community.   

International students on campus: 

Although they can't vote, international students have been active in the presidential campaigns on campus and off campus. They took part in promoting the candidates on social media platforms like Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, Reddit and Quora, to influence the opinions of their American peers. They were also encouraged to participate in rallies on campuses across the US campaigns for either the democratic candidate or the republican candidate.  

This year, foreign students made efforts to help American citizens register to vote by providing IT support. Some even provided rides to vote, to make sure everyone has a chance to get their voice heard.  

Many foreign students saw this as a way to support not only their ideology but their interests too. A lot of questions which were relevant to them were raised during the presidential rallies. Many thought that this year's election will determine their fate in their academic life in the US due to potential future immigration restrictions and new foreign policies which the US might adopt, depending on the candidate that wins.

Prospective international students:

Prospective students know the many benefits to studying in America, but just like the international students who are already studying in universities like Harvard, Yale, Columbia, Duke, Trinity, Stanford and more, they are also influenced by this year’s election. 

A research done by FPP EDU Media, surveyed more than 40,000 prospective international students from 118 countries. 60% of these students said that they would have less of an affinity towards studying in the US if Donald Trump was elected, while 3.8% said they wouldn’t want to study in the US if Hilary Clinton won.  

The main root of their concern is the possibility that their rights to student visas, work opportunities and options to stay will be threatened. After Obama created the immigration reform, many international students were happy to find out that they can stay in the United States after they graduate. They now fear that possible immigration restrictions might change the law.  

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  1. Donald Trump is what America needs right now as a leader as it goes beyond the rights of those who are not citizens. It has to do with our national security. Nothing I have heard from Trump has signified that if you follow the guidelines and rules required to be here in America will you be in danger of not continuing our studies. All that is asked of those who are visitors here whether to work, study, or seek citizenship is that you do it to the letter of the law. I for sure do not want to deny anyone to create a better life for themselves. When you are a guest in someone's home, you follow their rules. The part of this blog that bothered me was their desire to stay in this country beyond their schooling and them feeling this would be threatened by Trumps victory. Why would this be a problem if you go through the proper channels? Hillary was for allowing more refugees into this country and having open borders. This is a danger to U.S. citizens safety. Furthermore, Hillary is for people being here for freebies or being taken care by the tax payers. This is not acceptable. I work hard to support my family, and sometimes it is a real stretch. Not to mention we should be taking care of OUR homeless, OUR vets, OUR hungry children. Please come experience America. Please come get an education to contribute to society, but if you want to be in America follow the rules, the procedures, and laws.

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