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AAU President Welcomes Reversal of Misguided ICE Policy on International Students and Virtual Classes

The following is a statement from AAU President Mary Sue Coleman about the Trump Administration’s decision not to implement a recently-announced United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy change that would have required international students to take in-person classes to keep their visa status:

I’m glad that the overwhelming outcry from America’s leading research universities, scientific research organizations, the business community, and others caused the administration to swiftly rescind this deeply misguided policy. Congratulations to the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University, whose lawsuit against ICE led to the settlement reversing the policy change. I also want to offer thanks to the University of California system, Johns Hopkins University, and other AAU member institutions who also filed suit or spoke out against this cruel and unjustified policy.

We will continue, during this unprecedented time of global pandemic, to be vigilant against efforts by the administration to harm international students or force universities into rushed and unreasonable decisions regarding in-person instruction.

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