U.S. President Donald Trump has been sued by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology ( MIT) over the latest change by his administration where it said international students in the U.S. would return to their home countries if their colleges have agreed to perform the upcoming semester online.
The two leading educational institutions have said they are in support of international students studying in the United States.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced on Monday that foreign students would not be allowed to stay in the country if their institutions offer online courses this autumn semester.
The Harvard University stated in a statement that this decision came without notice and that "its cruelty was only exceeded by its recklessness." "We think the ICE directive is poor public policy and we think it is unconstitutional," the university said.
In response, Harvard University today said in a statement that this decision came without notice and that "its cruelty (is) exceeded only by its recklessness."
The university said foreign students in the U.S. are facing the risk of being returned to their country, along with the risk of not returning.
"It seems like it (the order) was deliberately intended to bring pressure on colleges and universities to open their on-campus classrooms for in-person teaching this fall, irrespective of the health and safety concerns of students , instructors and others," Harvard University said.
The university noted that this decision had been made by the Trump administration at a time when the United States set regular records for the number of new Covid-19 cases, with more than 300,000 new cases recorded since July 1.