Haverford College files immigration policy lawsuit against Trump administration

The lawsuit is meant to protect the school's international student visa holders.

Steve Tawa
October 26, 2018 - 9:00 pm
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PHILADELPHIA (KYW Newsradio) -- Haverford College is joining three other schools across the country in filing an immigration policy lawsuit against the Trump administration. 

The 122-page complaint names the Department of Homeland Security and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) as defendants, saying the Trump administration is unfairly cracking down on international students who overstay their visas. They allege by reconfiguring immigration laws relating to higher education, the "policy is intentionally designed to impose tens of thousands of reentry bars" on student visa holders.

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In its court filing, Haverford says the college was required to ask two international students to leave the campus based on potential status violations. Advocates say international students would be subject to a disproportionately harsh penalty - three or 10-year prohibitions on re-entering the country.

The other plaintiffs are Guilford College in Greensboro, North Carolina, The New School in New York City, and Foothill-De Anza Community College District in Cupertino, California.

The Trump administration claims that there is a problem with students unlawfully overstaying those visas. It argues the new policy is needed to reduce visa overstays and that international students who stop pursuing a course of study should be held accountable for that.