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In just a little more after a week since the ICE’s plan to require international college students to leave the nation if in online-only learning, the Trump Administration has agreed to drop the policy. As stated in our more recent blog post, the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a policy about international students, explaining students taking only online courses are not allowed to remain in the United States. The policy was immediately under heavy scrutiny students and educational leaders throughout universities across the United States.

Harvard University and MIT sued the United States government to block the new policy. The lawsuit was held on Tuesday and held before a United States district judge. The judge announced that the universities and federal government reached an agreement to rescind the policy and announced the policy to revert to the status quo from March, when schooling had to be stopped due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Harvard and MIT argued in their lawsuit that the policy went against the Administrative Procedure Act, and also stated that the decision was a political move deemed to create chaos and reopen all schools for the Fall 2020 school year.

The universities had a plethora of supporters for their lawsuit, including companies like Google, Twitter, Facebook, more than 70 higher education associations, and a coalition of 20 universities joined efforts to revert the order. “The ICE rule was senseless and illegal the minute it came out,” claims Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healy, a leader in the efforts to abolish this plan.

The senior vice president of the American Council on Education, Terry Hartle, is grateful that the Trump Administration agreed to rescind the poorly planned order. Hartle describes this policy as a “clunker” that the administration “didn’t even want to try to defend.”



This article aims to provide new information concerning USCIS COVID-19 Related Accommodations. This article, under no circumstances, acts as legal advice; therefore, for any immigration questions, please contact your Attorney or the Ahluwalia Law Offices, P.C. (Team ALO).

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