"I think the policy speaks for itself," McEnany said about the new Trump administration rule. "You don't get a visa for taking online classes from let's say University of Phoenix, so why would you if you were taking online classes generally?"
The two universities filed a lawsuit in federal court in Boston asking for an emergency temporary restraining order on the new directive issued by the government on Monday.
The lawsuit, filed by two of the most elite U.S. universities, is the first to challenge the order that could force tens of thousands of foreign students to leave the country if their schools switch fully to remote learning.
Harvard had announced it would hold all classes online in the coming fall term.
There are more than a million foreign students at U.S. colleges and universities, and many schools depend on revenue from foreign students, who often pay full tuition.
The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency rule said most students on F-1 and M-1 visas could stay if their programs were in person or offered a mix of online and in-person instruction.
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: Hashed out.
- I'll ask an education question, not lower school, but colleges and universities.
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: Mm-hmm?
- A-- a couple of them at least are challenging the ICE ruling having to do with visas for foreign students when universities are not holding in-person classes, and I'm wondering if that is aimed at pressuring colleges to fully open that feel maybe that it's not safe to do so.
KAYLEIGH MCENANY: I think the policy speaks for itself. You know, you don't get a visa for taking online classes from, let's say, University of Phoenix, so why would you if you were just taking online classes generally? And I would note with regard to Harvard and MIT suing over this, and all due respect to my former alma mater, perhaps a better lawsuit would be coming from students who have to pay full tuition with no access to in-person classes to attend. Yes?