The government rescinds its rule that would have banned international students from studying in the US this fall whose courses move fully online.
Trump administration backs down from Immigration and Customs Enforcement rule change requiring foreign students on visas to attend some classes in-person this fall or be forced to leave the country. https://t.co/JjEiqTAQbh— ABC News (@ABC) July 15, 2020
The July 6 directive issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would have pushed foreign students to transfer schools or leave the country if they are to hold online classes because of this pandemic. This move did not spare the Trump’s administration from criticisms calling the decision as “gratuitous, cruel and inimical to what this country is about” by John Hopkin’s President in a statement as it affects more than 1 million higher education students in the U.S according to Institute of International Education.
Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, among the dozens of universities, responded to this issue with a lawsuit. This blocks Federal Immigration authorities from enforcing the rule which universities believed to violate the Administrative Procedures Act and that officials lack a reasonable basis to justify the policy.
Then on Tuesday, at the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts, Judge Allison Burroughs announced that the schools had reached an agreement with ICE and its parent agency, the Department of Homeland to rescind July 6, 2020 Policy directive and its implementation. With the withdrawal of this new directive, schools will follow ICE's March 13th guidelines that allow flexibility regarding student visa eligibility.
In a letter addressed to the members of the Harvard community, President Lawrence Bacow said that this is a significant victory.