Yale University has joined forces with more than 100 other colleges and universities to bolster the legal defense of a pair of federal programs allowing international students in the United States to gain practical workplace training.
On Nov. 21, the schools filed a joint legal brief supporting the programs, arguing that they help make the United States an attractive place for international students. Weakening or abandoning them will make it harder to attract talented students from abroad, harming students, higher education and the U.S. economy, the universities said.
The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NAFSA: Association of International Educators coordinated the schools’ amicus, or friend-of-the-court, brief, filed in federal court in Washington. The related litigation is Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The technology workers’ alliance challenges the training programs’ legality.