OSU, UO join federal lawsuit over global student order

OSU, UO join federal lawsuit over global student order

OSU, UO join federal lawsuit over global student order

The Harvard/MIT lawsuit, filed last Wednesday in the U.S. District Court for MA, asks the court to prevent ICE and the Department of Homeland Security from enforcing the new guidance and to declare it unlawful.

District Judge Allison Burroughs in MA says the parties have come to a settlement.

Nearly 60 universities and colleges joined in Harvard and MIT's case, and Facebook, Google and Microsoft were among more than a dozen technology companies who filed a brief in support.

Seventeen other attorney generals have signed on to the suit, which was filed on Monday in the U.S. District Court in MA against the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE announced last week it would revoke the special provision that allowed foreign students to take all courses online during the spring semester just as some schools began to unveil hybrid reopening plans. Students already in the USA would face deportation if they did not transfer schools or leave the country voluntarily.

"Coercing schools into holding more in-person classes in the fall - regardless of the schools' assessment of the health and safety risks of doing so - harms the Plaintiff States' ability to regulate their institutions and protect the public", the states argued. A DePaul University student was prevented from entering the USA after arriving in San Francisco last week.

Moving forward, many universities will continue to offer remote-only or reduced in-person classes as the virus continues to spread.

UA President Dr. Robert C. Robbins said in an email numerous university's 3,700 global students stayed in the US during the COVID-19 pandemic. Harvard has already announced it would hold all classes online that term.

Fifty-nine schools, including Stanford and Duke, filed a brief Monday in support of the suit, saying the new guidelines forces schools to "choose between opening their campuses regardless of the public health risks, or forcing their worldwide students to leave the country", The Associated Press reported. Stanford previously joined over 50 other universities in an amicus brief backing the suit, which will be heard on Tuesday by a federal judge in Boston. "International students contribute greatly to the innovation and knowledge creation happening at America's great research universities".

Immigration officials issued the policy last week, reversing earlier guidance from March 13 telling colleges that limits around online education would be suspended during the pandemic.

The U.S government has been trying to get schools and universities to reopen by autumn.

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