U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Friday said that new foreign students are still barred from entering the U.S. if their colleges go fully online due to the COVID-19 pandemic, an announcement that comes a week after the Trump administration had pledged to rescind that directive.
The Trump administration has agreed to rescind a directive that would have barred foreign students from the United States if their colleges canceled in-person instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic, following lawsuits by a number of universities and states, a Massachusetts federal judge said in a Tuesday hearing.
Tech giants Facebook, Google and others joined the Ivy League and dozens of other schools to oppose the Trump administration's decision to revoke visas for international students enrolled in U.S. colleges studying online during the COVID-19 pandemic.
The Trump administration pushed back Monday against Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology's challenge to its directive barring foreign students from the U.S. if institutions offer online-only instruction during the coronavirus pandemic, arguing that the policy is backed by black-letter law.
A slew of universities and colleges urged a Massachusetts federal court Friday to block a Trump administration policy barring foreign students from the U.S. if institutions offer online-only instruction during the coronavirus pandemic, calling the directive "abrupt," "arbitrary" and "devastating" for schools and students.
A suit by Harvard and MIT challenging a new Trump administration policy barring foreign students from the U.S. if colleges offer online-only instruction during the COVID-19 pandemic will be decided July 15, after the schools told a judge Friday that briefly pausing the directive to buy time won't work.
A federal judge said Thursday she is looking to decide by July 15 whether student immigrants attending Harvard University and MIT can be denied entry into the U.S. if their colleges go fully online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.
Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology urged a federal court on Wednesday to halt the Trump administration's new requirement that international students whose universities go fully online during the pandemic leave the U.S. or risk deportation.