Trump Admin Reverses Ban on International Students taking online classes
The Trump Administration on Tuesday has reversed course on a controversial immigration policy that would have denied international students' visas to remain in the United States if their university moved entirely online for the upcoming fall semester.
The Trump Administration was facing multiple federal lawsuits from hundreds of universities across the United States, most notably a lawsuit from Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
The Trump Administration agreed during the hearing to rescind the new policy and revert to the previous guidelines issued in March that allowed international students to remain in the U.S. even if their college or university chooses to go online-only in the fall due to the coronavirus pandemic, per Law360.
The Trump Administration's abrupt requirement could have directly impacted the more than 3,000 students that attend Long Beach State every year from other countries, according to CSULB's paper The Daily 49er.
What they're saying:
"Great news for international students and our campus: The administration is backing off the ICE order requiring international students to take in-person classes during the current pandemic. We continue to stand with all our students. We are #OneBeach!"
—President of California State University, Long Beach Jane Close Conoley