The Trump administration is being sued by top institutions Harvard and MIT over the administration’s decision to strip students of their visas if the institutions move entirely to online classes.
According to The Hill:
Harvard and MIT filed a lawsuit on Wednesday that seeks to prevent the Trump administration from stripping foreign students of visas if their universities move exclusively to online classes amid the coronavirus pandemic.
The lawsuit comes after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that international students whose courses move entirely online would be required to depart the country, rescinding a previous plan to grant exemptions to student visa-holders.
The universities asked a federal court in Boston for a temporary restraining order and permanent injunction against the administration’s new policy.
Their lawsuit alleges that ICE’s decision appears designed to “force universities to reopen in-person classes,” thereby increasing the risk of exposure to the coronavirus, while scrambling carefully laid plans to conduct courses online and upending foreign students’ lives.
The universities claim that the goal of the Trump administration is to create chaos for universities and international students.