SPRINGFIELD, Ill. – Illinois is one of 17 states suing the Trump administration over plans to revoke visas to foreign students this fall.
The plan applies to students taking university classes entirely online and some will not have a choice due to their university’s decision.
Illinois Attorney General Kwame Raoul, along with 16 other states, are suing to stop the rule from potentially taking effect. Local universities Northwestern and University of Chicago fired lawsuits as well.
“We’re still trying to figure out how to bring all our students back safely in an environment that allows them to learn without compromising their health,” said Annelise Riles, Assoc. Provost for Global Affairs at Northwestern. “Our international students are very anxious right now.”
The Trump administration argued that if students are taking classes entirely online, there’s no reason for them to stay in the country. But critics argue that it’s an attempt to force universities to reopen for in-person classes, despite health concerns.
56 other schools have filed for declarations of support for the lawsuit as well.