Students walk near the Widener Library in Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. [File: Charles Krupa/AP Photo]
Seventeen US states and more than 200 universities are legally challenging the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardises students’ safety and forces schools to reconsider new semester plans they have spent months preparing.
The schools have signed court briefs supporting Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) as they sue US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in federal court in Boston. The lawsuit challenges a recently announced directive saying international students cannot stay in the United States if they take all their classes online this coming school year.
On Monday, 17 states and the District of