U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced last week that international students could not remain in the U.S. if they’re attending a college that only offers online classes.
That policy was reversed Tuesday afternoon, hours after Monmouth College President Clarence Wyatt wrote a letter saying the college would “stand” with their international students.
Wyatt said ICE’s announcement gave no clear “national security or public health” rationale for the change.
Wyatt wasn’t the own education leader opposed.
The rule was facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities according to the Associated Press.
He says it was clear that the change would have placed an “undue burden” on young people who travel to the U.S. for higher education.
While Monmouth is planning on offering classes in residence this fall, in the event the pandemic requires a switch to fully remote instruction, Monmouth College’s international students would have been subject to deportation.