The City of Iowa City has joined together with 25 other American cities, towns, and counties in an amicus (friend of the court) brief in the lawsuit filed last week by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.

The lawsuit challenges a new policy that would prohibit international students from staying in the country if the fall classes being offered by the college they attend are fully on-line as part of their college’s COVID-19 safety plan, and seeks a preliminary injunction.

In addition to the harm the new rule will cause to the city, Iowa City joined the brief to support the many international students that call our community home and the right of the University of Iowa to make judgments about whether reopening in the fall is safe and educationally advisable without jeopardizing the status of its international students.

The amicus brief can be viewed in its entirety online.

Date of publication

Monday, July 13, 2020