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COVID-19: Harvard and MIT sue US government over new immigration rule for Global students

Some of the United States’ most prestigious universities, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT), are carrying the Trump government to court over its decision to revoke visas for global students if courses are performed entirely on the internet in the fall.

Harvard and MIT’s national litigation calls to the court to protect against the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Department for Homeland Security from applying fresh advice issued earlier this week and also to announce it unlawful.

ICE declared on Monday that international students won’t be able to keep in the nation if the schools that they attend only hold courses online on account of this COVID-19 pandemic.

Students may either move to another establishment that offers in-person or hybrid (both on-site and on the internet ) education or leave the country entirely. If they do, they face the possibility of not being let back in afterward and if they refuse to comply, then they’ll be deported.

Harvard President Lawrence Bacow stated in a letter which”the arrangement came without notice — its cruelty surpassed only by its recklessness.”

“It seems that it had been designed intentionally to put pressure on schools and universities to start their on-campus classrooms for peer instruction this autumn, without respect to concerns for its wellbeing and security of pupils, teachers, along with many others,” he added.

Also, he noted that it”comes at a time when the United States was putting daily records to the number of new infections, with over 300,000 new cases reported as of July 1″

MIT President L. Rafel Reif stated in a statement that ICE’s”statement interrupts our global students’ lifestyles and sabotaged their research and academic pursuits.”

“ICE is not able to offer you the most fundamental answers about the way its coverage will be implemented or interpreted. Along with the advice comes after several US universities and colleges either published or are readying their final choices for the autumn — conclusions developed to progress their academic mission and guard the health and security of the communities,” he added.

Harvard declared earlier that just 40 percent of undergraduate students will be permitted on campus in the fall, but all education is to be sent online.

MIT will even limit the number of undergraduates on campus together with all the priority given to older pupils. Many research and graduate staff will also be permitted. Education will be completely online for undergraduates from campus while people back in the institution will be given a blend of online and in-house education.

The US is the world’s most seriously hit nation by the COVID-19. As of Tuesday, it’d listed over 131,000 deaths and almost 3 million confirmed cases, according to statistics published by Johns Hopkins University.