Trump Administration Backs Down on Deporting International College Students

July 15, 2020

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On Tuesday, the Trump administration decided to reverse a rule that would expel many international college students from the country because of coronavirus class changes. The Seattle Times reports that the administration faced eight lawsuits and hundreds of colleges that opposed the rule. The July 6 directive from ICE said that foreign college students must transfer or leave the country if they were attending a college that offered only online classes this fall. The rule would have caused many foreign students significant hardships with regard to finances, finishing their degrees and traveling during a pandemic. Harvard President Lawrence Bacow called the reversal a “significant victory.” “We need to approach policy making, especially now, with more humanity, more decency — not less," said MIT President L. Rafael Reif. “They may try this again. We will be ready," said Maura Healey, the attorney general of Massachusetts.