Trump drops controversial int’l student policy after backlash

President Donald Trump speaks during a news conference in the Rose Garden of the White House, Tuesday, July 14, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Evan Vucci)

TAIPEI (The China Post) — Taiwanese students are now permitted to remain in the U.S. as the Trump Administration rescinds its controversial rule barring international students from residing in the U.S. on July 14.

The administration faced a plethora of lawsuits from universities across the nation in opposition to the policy.

The decision was announced in Massachusetts during a federal court hearing for a case filed by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT).

Roughly 20 other universities also filed similar lawsuits to block the policy from going into effect. 

Additionally, 18 state attorney generals sued the Department of Homeland Security over the ruling.

Forcing international students to choose between deportation or enrollment in classes this fall would expand outbreaks of the novel COVID-19 coronavirus, experts say. 

Moreover, most universities have planned to remain completely online in the fall because of concerns open campuses will become hot spots for coronavirus contractions.

The rule against international students announced on July 6 would have been devastating for universities and would have contributed to the growing caseload of coronavirus occurrences in the country. 

The Massachusetts court announced that the Trump administration agreed to revert to the previous policy implemented in March, which allowed international students to attend all classes online during the pandemic without leaving the country.

 “We will continue, during this unprecedented time of the 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,” Mary Sue Coleman, president of the Association of American Universities, stated.