Under this new policy, foreign students taking only online classes, are supposed to return to their home countries. Naturally, the left is outraged about this.

Campus Reform reports:

Harvard, MIT sue Trump admin over new student visa policy

Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit Wednesday in response to ICE restrictions regarding virtual college instruction. The lawsuit, filed against the Department of Homeland Security, ICE, DHS acting director Chad Wolf, and ICE acting director Matthew Albence, asks for “a temporary restraining order and preliminary and permanent injunctive relief” against ICE sub-agency policy.

This policy, announced Tuesday, requires foreign students attending online-only classes at American universities during the fall 2020 semester to either return home or transfer under the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). According to a Wednesday statement from Harvard President Lawrence Bacow, ICE’s order “came down without notice—its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness.”

Harvard also published a webpage summarizing the university’s contentions with the SEVP policy. On it, Harvard explains that the “rule change regarding SEVP did not consider the extraordinary circumstances COVID-19 has created for international students” and mentions the “immediate and severe” nature of the July 6 order.

On Tuesday, Harvard announced that it would only be inviting 40 percent of its undergraduate students back to campus due to concerns about the transmission of the coronavirus. Its policy was one of the most restrictive of the nation’s leading universities.

On Tuesday night, Secretary of Education Betsy DeVos explained to Fox News’s Tucker Carlson that the Trump administration is “very seriously” considering the withholding of federal dollars from schools that do not reopen in the fall. Referring to an earlier roundtable hosted by Trump, DeVos said there is an “expectation that kids have got to continue their learning,” adding “there is no reason to withhold full-time education.”


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