University opposes new ICE rules

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Madeline Pierce

Crowds gather on the main quad to enjoy the weather during Mom’s Weekend on April 6, 2019.

By Aliza Majid, Staff Writer

The University system released a Massmail on Friday declaring that they will be taking legal action against the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) new rules for international students.

They plan on filing amicus curiae briefs to support the Harvard University and Massachusetts Institute of Technology lawsuit against ICE.

Harvard and MIT filed a litigation in the U.S. District Court for the District of Massachusetts on Wednesday to halt this initiative. 

Amicus curiae briefs are legal documents that an outside party can file if they have a strong interest in the subject matter. The document brings attention to additional information that the court may consider. 

The new ICE regulations were delivered on Monday and would harm international students who wish to pursue higher education. The federal Student and Exchange Visitor Program announced that visas would not be given to students enrolled in universities that have decided to conduct instruction exclusively online. Students in the U.S. will have to leave the country or transfer to a school that will have in-person instruction this fall. 

The University is planning on maintaining the hybrid model for the fall semester with both online and in-person classes available for students. 

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