Students should consider suing Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for charging them full tuition despite exclusively relying on remote learning in the fall, said White House press secretary Kayleigh McEnany during a press conference.
“I think the policy speaks for itself,” McEnany said Wednesday, when asked about Harvard and MITs lawsuit to block a new rule by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that would prohibit international students from staying in the country if they take classes entirely online. “You know, you dont get a visa for taking online classes from lets say, the University of Phoenix, so why would you if you were just taking online classes generally?”
ICE announced on Monday that it is shifting away from an earlier exemption, which allowed foreign nationals to take more online courses than “normally permitted by federal regulation” throughout spring and summer while keeping their student status, as institutions across the country transitioned to online education due to the pandemic. Typically, foreigners are required to take no more than one class online for each semester, otherwise they risk having their student visa denied or revoked.
Harvard and MIT filed the lawsuit Wednesday morning against the Department of Homeland Security and ICE, arguing that the policy change, which would result in the deportation of foreign students whose courses are taught entirely online, reflects an effort by the federal government to force universities to resume in-person classes amid the pandemic without sufficient time to address potential health risks.
“I would note with regard to Harvard and MIT suing over this, and all due respect to my former Alma Mater, perhaps a better lawsuit would be coming from students who have to pay full tuition with no access to in-person classes to attend,” McEnany Read More From Source