Feds, former student reach lawsuit deal

Four federal officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a former University of Texas at Brownsville student who alleges that the university unlawfully terminated his foreign student status resulting in a negative domino effect on his life, court documents show.

Four federal officials have agreed to settle a lawsuit brought by a former University of Texas at Brownsville student who alleges that the university unlawfully terminated his foreign student status resulting in a negative domino effect on his life, court documents show.

The student, only known as John Doe, is a native of the Republic of India and sued Secretary of Homeland Security Kirstjen Nielsen; United States Citizenship and Immigration Services Director L. Francis Cissna; USCIS Harlingen District Director Mario Ortiz; USCIS Field Office Director Norma A. Limon; the University of Texas Rio Grande Valley; UTRGV Student Employment Coordinator Maria Aragelia Salazar; UTRGV Director of International Admissions and Student Services Samantha Lopez; and Associate Dean Javier A. Martinez last September.

The federal settlement does not apply to the UTRGV defendants.

Doe’s identity is not revealed in the litigation because it could result in adverse immigration against the man, according to court documents.

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