Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have sued the Department of Homeland Security and the federal immigration agency for new policies that prohibit foreign students from staying in America if their universities switch to online-only courses in the fall.
A report in The Harvard Crimson said the two outstanding educational institutions filed a lawsuit against the two federal agencies at the Boston District Court on Wednesday. The lawsuit seeks an injunction and a preliminary and permanent injunction to exclude the United States Department of Homeland Security, Immigration, and Customs Control from the enforcing federal guidelines that force international students to leave the United States.
Lawrence Bacow, president of Harvard University, said in an email to the member organizations that the order was received without notice. “His cruelty was only surpassed by his ruthlessness. We believe the ICE regulation is bad public order and we believe it is illegal. “
“We will vigorously pursue this case so that our international students – and international students at institutions across the country – can continue their studies without the risk of deportation,” Bacow said, according to the Crimson report.
The Immigration and Customs Agency (ICE) said in a press release released on Monday that for the fall semester of 2020, students attending schools that are fully online may not have a full online course load and may stay in the U.S.
The Crimson report said Massachusetts Attorney General Maura Healey announced Tuesday that her office would complain about the policies that she described as cruel and illegal.
The Harvard lawsuit argues that the guidelines violated the Administrative Procedures Act by ignoring important aspects of the issue prior to its publication, failing to provide a reasonable basis for the directive, and failing to adequately inform the public.