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The Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced the decision on Tuesday as a court was underway in Massachusetts after Harvard University and the Masachusetts Institute of Technology sued the government.

U.S. District Judge, Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts said the government and the two colleges had come to a settlement that would roll back the new rules and restore the previous status quo.

A lawyer representing the Department of Homeland Security and ICE said only that the judge’s characterization was correct. The announcement brought relief to thousands of foreign students who had been at risk of being deported from the country, along to reases their plans for the fall in light of the policy requiring International Students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classless entirely online this fall because of the ongoing corrona-virus pandemic.

Under the policy, International students in tthe U.S. would have been forbiden from taking all their courses online this fall. New Visas would not have been issued to students at schools planning to provide all classes online, which includes Harvard. Students already in the U.S. would have faced deportation if they didn’t transfer schools or leave voluntarily.

Harvard and MIT filed a lawsuit challenging the policy, arguing the measure was unlawful and would adversely affect their academic institutions.

A flurry of lawsuits, including one brought by a coalition of state governments, were filed after Harvard’s legal action and major tech companies and dozens of colleges and universities filed ‘friend-of-the-court’ briefs opposing the rule.

There are more than a million foreign students at Us colleges and universities and many schools depend on revenue from foreign students who often pay full tuition.

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.

University leaders believed the rule was part of President Donald Trump’s effort to pressure the nation’s schools and colleges to reopen this fall even as new cases rise.

The policy drew sharp backlash from higher education institutions with more than 200 signing court briefs supporting the challenge by Harvard and MIT. Colleges said the policy would put students safety at risk and hurt schools financially. Many schools rely on tuition from international students, and some stood to lose millions of dollars in revenue if they had taken hold.

Source; Daily Mail Online

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