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Harvard and MIT go to court to stop visa removal for those studying online US courses

July 8, 2020

Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) filed a joint lawsuit against the U.S. government on Tuesday to prevent the decision to withdraw visas from students who only receive online tuition.

The lawsuit, which was filed with a Boston District Court, is against the Department of Homeland Security and its Immigration and Customs Agency (ICE), which announced the measure on Monday.

“It seems that it is deliberately designed to pressure centers and universities to open their campuses and classrooms this fall without addressing the health concerns of students, faculties, and other staff,” said Harvard president Lawrence Bacow. It is a statement.

Harvard and MIT go to court to stop visa removal for those studying online US coursesHarvard and MIT go to court to stop visa removal for those studying online US courses

Bacow recalled that the government decision “comes at a time when the United States has recorded new infection records daily and more than 300,000 have been registered since July 1”.