Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit against the White House administration, seeking to block a directive that would prevent international students from staying in the country if their colleges, only offer online classes in the fall.
Due to the ongoing health crisis and record numbers of infections in the United States, Harvard and MIT are among the institutions that have decided to continue instruction mostly online into the fall term.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) rule was widely criticized. College leaders said the policy would uproot students, many of whom had built lives in the U.S. Current travel restrictions could also impede their ability to return home.
In addition, giving the fact that the order came out just a few weeks before the fall semester, foreign students may not be able to transfer on short notice.
Harvard’s president, Lawrence Bacow, said in a written statement to the campus, the order “came down without notice — its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness.”