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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)

Trump administration rescinds rule on foreign students

Jul. 14, 2020 3:46 PM EDT

BOSTON (AP) — Facing eight federal lawsuits and opposition from hundreds of universities, the Trump administration on Tuesday rescinded a rule that would have required international students to transfer or leave the country if their schools held classes entirely online because of the pandemic. The decision...

Vanderbilt opposes new visa rules for international students

Jul. 14, 2020 4:13 AM EDT

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — Vanderbilt University has joined an effort to stop federal guidelines that would force international students to leave the U.S. or transfer to another college if their schools offer classes entirely online this fall. Vanderbilt said Monday it joined dozens of other universities in a...

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...

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...

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....

Editorial Roundup: New England

Jul. 10, 2020 4:25 PM EDT

CONNECTICUT CT lawmakers can’t correct justice issues in a short session The Connecticut Post July 9 Exactly when did all that chatter in Hartford about tolls fade so far back in the rear-view mirror? Remember those heady summer days of 2019 when Gov. Ned Lamont kept alluding to a special session...

FILE - In this Thursday, July 2, 2020, file photo, acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf arrives at a naturalization ceremony for 16 new Americans at the Eisenhower Executive Office Building on the White House complex in Washington. In a letter to Wolf, leaders of 12 Christian organizations on Friday, July 10, 2020, urged the Trump administration to rescind a policy requiring international students to leave the U.S. or transfer if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall, saying it “falls short of American ideals.” (AP Photo/Andrew Harnik, File)

Christian groups oppose ICE rule on international students

Jul. 10, 2020 3:02 PM EDT

Leaders of 12 Christian organizations on Friday urged the Trump administration to rescind a policy requiring international students to leave the U.S. or transfer if their colleges hold classes entirely online this fall, saying it “falls short of American ideals.” In a letter to Acting Secretary of...

College offers foreign students 'sanctuary' amid new rules

Jul. 9, 2020 5:26 PM EDT

AMHERST, Mass. (AP) — A western Massachusetts college is promising to offer “sanctuary” to international students as President Donald Trump's administration moves to expel foreign students if their school is only offering online courses. Hampshire College President Ed Wingenbach said in a...