US President Donald Trump’s government will no longer deport international students, said a BBC report.
If pushed through, it will affect students whose courses move fully online because of the coronavirus pandemic.
Ultimately, the turnaround came one week after the policy announcement.
Both the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) and Harvard University sued the government over the plan, said the report.
District Judge, Allison Burroughs, in Massachusetts said the parties have come to a settlement.
University Of San Diego Followed
The University of San Diego followed suit in suing the federal government.
USD wishes to overturn the new visa policy that would deprive foreign students of their US visas.
In addition, USD filed the lawsuit in U.S. District Court in Oregon.
It added that the new rules suddenly put thousands of international students “in dire straits.”
The suit said:
“Those who are unable to enroll in in-person courses for the Fall face the threat of removal.
They may be sent back to a country with little or no internet access.
(Also) they may face new health or safety risks in that country.
Or they may not even have a home to go back to.”
The Other Plaintiffs
MIT, Harvard University and the USD are just a few of the notable plaintiffs in the case there are still others.
Likewise, University of Southern California, Pitzer, Scripps and Pomona colleges.
The list of petitioners includes the California Institute of Technology in Pasadena, Chapman University in Orange and Claremont McKenna College.
For their part, The U.S. Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the new policy on July 6th.
However, USD claimed there was no prior notice.
In addition, USD said there no indication that the government even considered the welfare of everybody involved.
Hence, USD claimed:
(The government did not) “considered how its action would impact the health of students, faculty, staff, or surrounding communities.”