The students had immigrated legally to the US on student visas and had transferred to the University of Farmington so they could work, said attorneys. Federal prosecutors claim the students were aware the university was not running a legitimate operation.
The policy at the centre of Wednesday's ruling sought to limit the ability of immigrants to fight expedited deportation by narrowing the grounds for claiming "credible fear" if they returned home, the first step in a long asylum process.
News of the child's death, and suggestions that border officials ignored or overlooked a medical crisis, added to criticism from migrant advocates and congressional Democrats of President Donald Trump's hard-line immigration policies.
During the Washington Post's live discussion on new technology, when asked about the president's thoughts on H1B immigration, Liddell said, "He (Trump) has talked about merit immigration, clearly that (H-1B) fits in merit immigration."
The Trump administration ended DACA in September 2017 and wants the 9th Circuit to overturn a district court judge's ruling in January that required the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to continue the program for existing enrollees.
Investigators with Homeland Security's Office of the Inspector General compiled the report after speaking with about 50 immigration employees, plus 17 detainees and parents who had been separated from their children and later released.