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US News Foreign students deprived of a visa: the Trump government backs down in the face of the outcry

00:50  15 july  2020
00:50  15 july  2020 Source:   leparisien.fr

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Dramatic reversal for Donald Trump: his government renounced Tuesday deny visas to foreign students whose courses would remain virtual at the start of the school year due to a pandemic, after having been vigorously attacked in court by universities.

It was a federal judge from Boston, who had been responsible for the action brought by the universities of Harvard and MIT against the government decision announced on July 6, which announced this retreat from the Trump administration.

"The parties have reached a solution (...) the government has agreed to reverse the decision," said Boston judge Allison Burroughs at a hearing of just a few minutes, which took place by teleconference due to pandemic.

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The action of these two universities, among the most prestigious in the world, had been supported by dozens of other establishments, teachers' unions and at least 18 American states. Tech companies like Google, Facebook, Twitter and Spotify also joined the universities.

Thousands of students were at risk of being expelled as the pandemic continues to progress in the United States and many states have had to reinstate restrictions on a range of businesses and services to stem it.

Harvard and MIT universities had requested the blocking of a decision which they described as "arbitrary and capricious", and aimed at "forcing universities to resume face-to-face teaching", regardless of the health risks involved.

The decision had plunged many establishments into chaos, while preparations for the return to school, which takes place in August in many universities, were being finalized.

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- One million students

More than one million students were enrolled in 2019 in American universities. Despite their often prohibitive fees, American diplomas continue to be sought after by employers in many countries, and the prestige of universities like Harvard and MIT contributes to fueling the "brain drain" that the United States has enjoyed for decades. .

The judge gave no details on the reasons for this rare government turnaround: if many of the Trump administration's decisions, notably related to immigration issues, have been challenged in court, the government rarely drops the case and generally firm battle, up to the Supreme Court, to succeed.

Neither Judge Burroughs nor government lawyers gave any reasons for the change at the hearing.

Donald Trump did not immediately react on Tuesday.

Despite the progression of the pandemic in the United States, which now has more than 3.4 million cases, the American president, who is playing for his re-election in November partly on the revival of the economy, continues to call for the reopening of schools at the start of the new school year.

Last week, he cited the example of several European countries which "opened schools without problems". And he has repeatedly threatened elected Democrats, whom he accuses of wanting to keep schools closed for political reasons, of cutting the federal subsidies that these schools receive if they do not reopen them.

However, despite these pressures, several school districts, notably in California where the epidemic is in full explosion, announced Monday that they would not resume classroom teaching at the start of the school year.

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