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Trump administration reverses ICE policy on student visas

| Tuesday, July 14, 2020

On Tuesday, the Trump administration rescinded the policy from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which the agency announced a week before, that would have expired student visas and forced international students out of the country if their university operated exclusively online for the fall semester.

The decision came after Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit against the policy with the support of multiple colleges and universities across the nation, including Notre Dame. The federal district judge in Boston, who was to preside over the oral arguments for the case, said that at the start of the Tuesday hearing, the parties had come to a resolution.

Jenkins made a statement Tuesday regarding the reversal of the policy.

“I was heartened to learn that the government has abandoned plans which would have resulted in the deportation of foreign students enrolled at certain American colleges and universities,” Jenkins said. “Their presence enriches us all. They should be welcomed, not threatened or sent home.”

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