Harvard, MIT sue US government over directive urging international students attending only online classes to leave country amid COVID-19

ICE’s action leaves hundreds of thousands of international students with no educational options within the United States, the plaint filed by the two universities state.
US President Donald Trump
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Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) have filed a lawsuit against the Donald Trump-led United States administration over its recent directive urging foreign students on F-I visas attending only online classes to depart the country amid the COVID-19 pandemic (President and Fellow of Harvard College and MIT v. US Dept of Homeland Security and ors).

The July 6 directive, which also bars such students presently outside the United States from entering or re-entering the country, has been termed by Harvard and MIT as "arbitrary, capricious and an abuse of discretion".

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