Harvard, MIT sue Trump administration’s policy for international students

Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have filed a case in the federal court to sue the Trump administration’s policy over new rules barring international students from staying in the U.S. while taking classes entirely online this fall.

The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) framed new guidelines on Monday forcing international students to leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this autumn.

READ: Trump administration asks international students to leave the country if their classes moved fully online or face deportation proceedings

In the case filed in a federal court in Massachusetts, the suit seeks a temporary restraining order prohibiting the government from enforcing rules that were laid out Monday.

Colleges and foreign students swiftly criticized the rules, saying they erected unnecessary obstacles that would prevent some from continuing or beginning their academic careers.

“ICE’s action proceeded without any indication of having considered the health of students, faculty, university staff, or communities…or the absence of other options for universities to provide their curricula to many of their international students,” the suit states.

At least a million foreign students go to the United States for studies. The foreign student community is a big revenue to many United States Universities. International students contributed US$ 44.7 billion to the U.S. economy for the 2018-2019 academic year.

Its unclear as to how many students would be affected by this new move.

President Donald Trump has imposed a series of new restrictions for people seeking to enter the States. Just in June, Trump suspended the admission of asylum seekers at the southern border with Mexico and also suspended work visas for foreigners.