UM supports Harvard lawsuit seeking to stop deportation of some international students

Devoun Cetoute

The University of Miami has joined Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in fighting the Trump administration’s new immigration policy forcing some international students out of the country.

On Friday, UM announced they would be joining more than 170 higher education institutions in supporting a lawsuit filed by Harvard University and MIT by signing its amicus brief, which is an advisement to the court hearing the lawsuit.

“International students add to the intellectual and cultural life of the University of Miami and we are doing everything in our power to ensure they continue to have the opportunity to do so,” said UM President Julio Frenk in a statement.

The lawsuit, filed in the US District Court for the District of Massachusetts, opposes a new Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy announced Monday that says people under certain visas “may not take a full online course load and remain in the United States.”

ICE also said visas won’t be issued to students who enrolled in schools that are fully online during the fall semester. The lawsuit hopes to block the ICE directive.

UM will be offering in-person, hybrid and virtual classes during the fall semester. Because of this, the university “remains hopeful that international students will be able to continue their educational pursuits without the fear of deportation.”