ICE SAYS FOREIGN STUDENTS MUST TAKE IN-PERSON CLASSES TO REMAIN IN THE US


Monday, new guidelines were issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (“ICE”) forcing international students to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall. The updated rules provide additional pressure for universities to reopen even amid growing concerns about the recent spread of COVID-19 among young adults. 


Colleges received the guidance the same day that some institutions, including Harvard University, announced that all instruction will be offered remotely. On Wednesday, Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit against ICE seeking to block the directive, arguing it violates the Administrative Procedures Act. There are currently more than 1 million international students in the US.


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