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Mexican man with coronavirus dies in ICE custody

Jul. 13, 2020 9:22 PM EDT

WEST PALM BEACH, Fla. (AP) — A Mexican man being held in U.S. immigration custody in Florida died shortly after testing positive for the coronavirus, officials said Monday. Onoval Perez-Montufa, 51, died Sunday afternoon at a Palm Beach County hospital, according to a U.S. Immigration and Customs...

A security officer, center, meets with people outside the federal building to give them a form to return for immigration check-ins at a later date, Monday, July 13, 2020, in Baltimore. Some immigration courts across the country have reopened after closing because of the coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Julio Cortez)

Immigration courts reopen despite rising coronavirus cases

Jul. 13, 2020 4:35 PM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Three immigration courts reopened Monday as the government extended its push to fully restart the clogged system despite rising coronavirus cases in states where many of the small courtrooms are located. In Baltimore, people with hearings to reach final decisions were allowed to enter the...

FILE - In this Aug. 13, 2019, file photo, pedestrians walk through the gates of Harvard Yard at Harvard University in Cambridge, Mass. Harvard and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a federal lawsuit Wednesday, July 8, 2020, challenging the Trump administration's decision to bar international students from staying in the U.S. if they take classes entirely online this fall. Some institutions, including Harvard, have announced that all instruction will be offered remotely in the fall during the ongoing coronavirus pandemic. (AP Photo/Charles Krupa, File)

More than 200 schools back lawsuit over foreign student rule

Jul. 13, 2020 1:41 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — More than 200 universities are backing a legal challenge to the Trump administration’s new restrictions on international students, arguing that the policy jeopardizes students' safety and forces schools to reconsider fall plans they have spent months preparing. The schools have signed...

Vermont joins suit on ICE foreign student immigration rule

Jul. 13, 2020 12:48 PM EDT

BURLINGTON, Vt. (AP) — The state of Vermont is suing the Department of Homeland Security to block a rule that would require foreign students to leave the country if their school only provides classes online this fall, the Attorney General's office said Monday. Vermont is one of 17 states and the District...

Britain's Prime Minister Boris Johnson, wearing a face mask, talks with paramedic Cindy Fu during a visit to the headquarters of the London Ambulance Service NHS Trust in London, Monday July 13, 2020. (Ben Stansall/Pool via AP)

Brexit is back: UK aims to prepare public for Jan 1 EU break

Jul. 13, 2020 12:02 PM EDT

LONDON (AP) — The British government told individuals and businesses Monday to get ready for new costs and red tape — but also an exciting “new start” — when the U.K. leaves the European Union's economic embrace in less than six months. The government unveiled details of new...

As beach towns open, businesses are short foreign workers

Jul. 12, 2020 1:13 AM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — At this time of the year, The Friendly Fisherman on Cape Cod is usually bustling with foreign students clearing tables and helping prepare orders of clam strips or fish and chips. But because of a freeze on visas, Janet Demetri won't be employing the 20 or so workers this summer. So as the...

Duke freshman Feng Cong from Singapore and Cassie Lu from Thailand carry a box of their belongings to a pile as they move out of his dorm at Duke University. Sunday, March 15, 2020 in Durham, N.C.. Cong will be returning home to Singapore and Lu to Thailand since students are being asked to move out and complete classes online for the rest of the semester due to coronavirus. (Scott Sharpe/The News & Observer via AP)

Foreign students in NC fear online classes mean deportation

Jul. 12, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

RALEIGH, N.C. (AP) — Although most North Carolina universities — including Duke, UNC-Chapel Hill and N.C. State — still plan to bring students back to campus for some in-person classes starting next month, international students are fearful of what could happen if classes move entirely...

Johns Hopkins sues to block rule on international students

Jul. 11, 2020 11:34 AM EDT

BALTIMORE (AP) — Johns Hopkins University has filed a lawsuit seeking to block the Trump administration's decision to make international students leave the U.S. if they intend to take classes entirely online starting this fall. The Baltimore private institution filed the lawsuit Friday against U.S....

Natalia Afonso, 27, an international student from Brazil at Brooklyn College, sits on a stoop outside her home during an interview, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in New York. Afonso, who is studying teaching education and finished her first semester this spring, said she has lived in the U.S. for 7 years and

Foreign students weigh studying in person vs. losing visas

Jul. 11, 2020 1:01 AM EDT

PHOENIX (AP) — International students worried about a new immigration policy that could potentially cost them their visas say they feel stuck between being unnecessarily exposed during the coronavirus pandemic and being able to finish their studies in America. Students from countries as diverse as India,...

Two people walk down the steps outside the Supreme Court, Thursday, July 9, 2020, in Washington. (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik)

Thomas spoke, Roberts ruled in unusual Supreme Court term

Jul. 11, 2020 12:15 AM EDT

WASHINGTON (AP) — Justice Clarence Thomas spoke and Chief Justice John Roberts ruled. The Supreme Court's most unusual term featured victories for immigrants, abortion rights, LGBTQ workers and religious freedoms. The usually quiet Thomas' baritone was heard by the whole world when the coronavirus outbreak...