The month started rough for international students when ICE announced the new restrictions for international students wherein they would be deported if they only take online classes.
None of the educational institutions in the US were happy about the announcement and foreign students found themselves in a dilemma. Harvard and MIT were the first ones to file a lawsuit and tech companies along with the rest of the universities followed suit. The president of the Association of American Universities, Mary Sue Coleman, even said, “We will continue, during this unprecedented time of the global pandemic, to be vigilant against efforts by the administration to harm international students or force universities into rushed and unreasonable decisions regarding in-person instruction.”
Now, all that effort paid off as the Trump administration drops the rule on deporting foreign students, agreeing that students will be able to stay in the country, even if they only take online classes.
Universities that can’t offer personal classes for this fall due to the growing number of coronavirus cases, can continue to support its international students, without the need of forcing them to go back to their countries. If the new policy were to be implemented, it would have caused a million of F-1 and M-1 visa holder students to be deported and face more problems due to the travel restrictions.
On the other hand, the administration still pushes K-12 schools to reopen and teachers can’t help but think this is all political as they fear for their students' safety.