Harvard and MIT Sue DHS Over Foreign Student Restrictions

Under new rule, students not enrolled for in-person classes required to leave the U.S.

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit against the Department of Homeland Security to block a new federal rule that would require foreign college students to leave the United States if their enrollment is for online classes only this fall. In fact, Harvard has already made the decision to “go virtual” with its classes.

The suit argues that the guidance issued by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) would “undermine the education, safety, and future prospects of their international students and their campus community.”

MIT President L. Rafael Reif said that the plan announced by ICE “disrupts our international students’ lives and jeopardizes their academic and research pursuits.” 

Their filing in federal court requested a temporary restraining order to block the guidance. A quick ruling is expected.

As the Lord Leads, Pray with Us…

  • For wisdom for the federal judge who will have to consideration to the injunctive relief sought by Harvard and MIT.
  • About the equity afforded foreign students who would be denied continuing visas in the U.S. if they only took online classes.
  • For decision-makers at educational institutions, from pre-K through those of higher learning, in determining whether or not to reopen for in-person instruction in the fall.

Sources: Axios, Reuters, Wall Street Journal


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