Gophers athletes voiced concerns this week over strict new federal guidelines potentially forcing some foreign students to leave the U.S. during the coronavirus pandemic.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced Monday that visas would not be issued to nonimmigrant students enrolled in online-only school this fall — meaning those students would have to return to their home country or transfer to schools with in-person classes.
University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel e-mailed her faculty, students and staff Tuesday to address any fears, reminding them of the university’s plan for a hybrid model of online and in-person classes this fall.
“We stand with our international students,” Gabel wrote.
Ihnen, a Germany native and Richard Pitino’s top recruit last year, posted “Wow” on Instagram along with an article about ICE possibly kicking thousands of students out of the U.S.
Not having international students would shake up certain Gophers sports more than others. The men’s and women’s track and field teams have a combined 15 athletes from outside the U.S. The men’s and women’s tennis teams have 11 of their 17 players from foreign countries.
Ranta, a Finland native, is one of the men’s hockey team’s most talented players. He is still at home after finishing the spring semester online. The Gophers’ starting goalie, Jack LaFontaine, hails from Canada