Trump administration reverses course on foreign student ban

The Trump administration has reversed course over a new rule that would have banned some international students from studying in the U.S. this fall.

The measure would have required international students to transfer schools or leave the country if their colleges hold classes entirely online because of the coronavirus pandemic.

U.S. District Judge Allison Burroughs in Massachusetts said Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology came to a settlement with the government to rescind the policy directive, which could have impacted some 1 million international students. 

“This is a significant victory,” Harvard President Lawrence Bacow said in a letter addressed to members of the Harvard community. “We all recognize the value that international students bring to our campuses, to this nation, and to the world.”

“On behalf of our students and the entire MIT community, we are pleased by this turn of events,” MIT President L. Rafael Reif also said in a statement.

With information of NBC