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Immigration Law

Harvard vs. DHS

PRESIDENT AND FELLOWS OF HARVARD COLLEGE; and MASSACHUSETTS INSTITUTE OF TECHNOLOGY, Plaintiffs, v. UNITED STATES DEPARTMENT OF HOMELAND SECURITY; U.S. IMMIGRATION AND CUSTOMS ENFORCEMENT; CHAD F. WOLF, in his official capacity as Acting Secretary of the United States Department of Homeland Security; and MATTHEW ALBENCE, in his official capacity as Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Defendants

"Universities and students have been planning the 2020-2021 academic year for months in reliance on ICE’s recognition that the COVID-19 pandemic compelled allowing international students to remain in the country even if their studies had been moved entirely online. ICE’s rescission of that recognition failed to consider numerous weighty interests, and is itself arbitrary and capricious and an abuse of discretion. Further, ICE’s action is procedurally defective under the Administrative Procedure Act. It should be set aside, and the government required to abide by the guidance it put forward in March and on which universities and students relied in planning a fall semester during an ongoing pandemic."