The Trump Administration is rescinding its policy which would require foreign students to depart the United States if they are only taking classes online. The policy reversal came because of heavy criticism from both Republicans and Democrats who argued that the new rule would be disruptive to students and undermine the value of education.

The announcement was made by Federal Judge Allison Burroughs of the U.S. District Court of Massachusetts who commented that the government was setting aside it’s protocol even as COVID-19 cases across the United States continue to spike and colleges and universities begin to transition to online only classes for fall semester 2020.

It is unclear however whether the Trump Administration is abandoning its position or retreating and regrouping to take a different approach such as an executive order.

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