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Student Visa Row: Harvard,MIT sue Trump Administration Over New Rule For Foeign Students
A temporary restraining order will put the Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy on hold for 14 days
Student Visa Row: Harvard, MIT sue Trump Administration Over New Rule For Foreign Students
New Delhi: MIT(Massachusetts Institute Of Technology)and Harvard University have asked the federal court to block the Donald Trump administration's order to deport international students in courses that will go online because of the pandemic.
In a lawsuit filed on Wednesday, the universities at the US District Court in Boston requested a restraining order to put the July 6 government order a hold. The order was "unlawful", as per the petition.
Whereas a temporary restraining order will put the Immigration and the Custom Enforcement policy on hold for 14 days.
The universities in the court papers said they relied on the Department of Homeland Security's policy from March that allowed the foreign students in the US to remain and to allow new students to arrive this fall.
The petition by the universities said: "By all appearances, ICE's decision reflects an effort by the federal government to force universities to reopen in-person classes, which would require housing students in densely packed residential halls, notwithstanding the universities' judgment that it is neither safe nor educationally advisable to do so and to force such a reopening when neither the students nor the universities have sufficient time to react to or address the additional risks to the health and safety of their communities. The effect - and perhaps even the goal - is to create as much chaos for universities and international students as possible."
As per the report in The Harvard Crimson, Lawrence Bacow Harvard University President in an email said that the order came down without notice, its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness "We believe that the ICE order is bad public policy, and we believe that it is illegal... We will pursue this case vigorously so that our international students - and international students at institutions across the country - can continue their studies without the threat of deportation," said Mr. Bacow, as per the reports.
The order will potentially impact thousands of Indian students.
As per the reports After China(478,732)in 2017, India sent the largest number of students(251,290) to the US.
The US Department of the State would not issue visas to students in schools or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor would the US Customs and the Border Protection allow the students to enter the US, said a press release by the Immigration and the Customs Enforcement