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Wow! This is a big deal! International students whose schools only hold classes remotely can stay in the US and continue their studies.,
The Trump administration has rescinded its policy that would bar international students who only take online courses from staying in the US, a federal judge announced Tuesday in Boston.
The Trump administration has walked back a policy that would have stripped international college students of their U.S. visas if their coursework was entirely online, ending a proposed plan that had thrown the higher education world into turmoil.
The policy, announced on July 6, prompted an immediate lawsuit from Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, and on Tuesday, the government and the universities reached a resolution, according to the judge overseeing the case.
The agreement reinstates a policy implemented in March amid the pandemic that gave international students flexibility to take all their classes online and remain legally in the country with student visas.
“Both the policy directive and the frequently asked questions would not be enforced anyplace” under the resolution, Judge Allison Burroughs said, adding that the agreement applied nationwide. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/world/coronavirus-update.html#link-1b9e78d3
from FOX news
The Trump administration on Tuesday said it is withdrawing a proposed rule that would have forced foreign students to return home if the college courses they were enrolled in were to be held entirely online when colleges reopen in the fall.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced last week that those on F-1 and M-1 student visas would need to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online when they reopen in the fall. If they do not, they could face deportation proceedings.
Additionally, the agency announced that the State Department will not issue visas to students enrolled in full online programs, and that U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) would not allow them into the country.
But the administration said it was rescinding the rule as a court hearing was getting underway on a lawsuit challenging the rule by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). According to the courtroom clerk's notes, the court was informed that both sides "have come to a resolution" and the government "has agreed to rescind the July 6, 2020 Policy Directive and the July 7, 2020 FAQ, and has also agreed to rescind their implementationhttps://www.foxnews.com/politics/trump-administration-rule-foreign-students-online-classes
Saw that this AM. My guess? Secretary of Education has a huge financial investment in private schools with lots of foreign students. Think of all the foreign dignitaries that put their kids in private US schools that are now online only.
Some of his big donors may have been included in these protesters.
Two days after it was announced, Harvard and M.I.T. filed the first of several lawsuits seeking to stop it.
The attorneys general of at least 18 states, including Massachusetts and California, also sued, charging that the policy was reckless, cruel and senseless. Scores of universities threw their support behind the litigation, along with organizations representing international students.
On Tuesday, more than a dozen technology companies, including Google, Facebook and Twitter, also came out in support of the Harvard and M.I.T. lawsuit, arguing the policy would harm their businesses. https://www.nytimes.com/2020/07/14/world/coronavirus-update.html#link-1b9e78d3
I just saw the news on the lawsuit! He just can't stay out of court...
At least, in this instance, he came to an agreement before the lawsuits appeared in court, although I gather that a judge was involved in the process. As you said about Ducey, Trump used the courts as delaying tactics.
Irritated that we waste taxpayer $$ for judges, court clerks, government attorneys for his ego.
Yeah. There ought to be a loophole somewhere which allows us to require him to pay for them out of his own immense checkbook, especially after the way he has profited from his corruption.