Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University have charged the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the US Department of Homeland Security (DHS). ICE and DHS’s new guidelines which prohibit foreign students from staying in the United States if their classes have been taken online. Due to coronavirus pandemic, many Universities and colleges have started taking online classes to curb academic loss.
MIT and Harvard University have litigated the Trump government over its injunction to scrape foreign students of their United States visas and evict them if their classes go completely online because of the COVID-19 situation.
On Wednesday 8th July, the Universities filed the suit at the United States District Court in Boston. The Universities demanded an interim regulating the order that was passed on July 6 by the US government. The suit has been filed against the discriminatory order that dictates the foreign students studying in America to leave the country.
As per the reports, the July 6 order was passed without any notice and it encompasses, sadism by its irrational act said Lawrence Bacow the President of Harvard University. The Trump government with this immediate order has generated tensions and exhibits the government’s barbarity towards foreign students.
As per the reports, Bacow said that they will fight against the order so that the foreign students studying across the country can resume their studies without any menace of leaving the country.
On July 6 the immigration and customs enforcement(ICE) declared openly that foreign students whose classes are going on completely online have to leave the country. The students attending schools in America will have to ascertain that they are taking minimum classes online to stay back in America. The newly passed rule is likely to affect thousands of Indians and Chinese students who constitute the majority of foreign students.
The lawsuit filed by the Harvard contends that the latest guidelines by ignoring the important aspects of the ongoing crises violate the Administrative Procedure Act. The order does not provide any justified and reasonable purpose of the new guidelines and has further neglected to notify the public in advance.
The National Agency of America has stated that the schools follow a crossbred model which includes both online and offline classes. The students studying in schools will be permitted to take three online credit hours or more than one offline class.
The schools are now required to certify the foreign students and the Exchange Visitor Program that the classes are not going completely online. The students must be certified that they are taking a minimal number of online classes to bring back the progress in their respective degree courses.