Harvard, MIT sue over ICE policy sending foreign students home

Cry Baby Illustration - A Vector Cartoon Illustration Of A Crying ...Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology on Wednesday filed a lawsuit challenging a Trump administration policy forcing foreign students to return to their home countries if their colleges are offering only online classes this fall.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the policy directive on Monday.

Harvard, which has 5,000 international students, announced this week all fall classes will be online.

“The order came down without notice — its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness,” Harvard President Larry Bacow said.

Visa requirements for students have never allowed them to enter the U.S. to take online-only courses, but Bacow said the policy put colleges under pressure to reopen their on-campus classrooms, “without regard to concerns for the health and safety of students, instructors, and others.”

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