California, state college leaders sue Trump administration over new student visa order

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SACRAMENTO, Calif. (KRON) — California and state college leaders have sued the Trump administration over its new order that would require international students to leave the United States if their universities transition to online-only learning.

Officials said the new policy threatens to exile hundreds of thousands of students in the Student and Exchange Visitor Program.

This is the state’s 86th lawsuit against the administration.

The new rule would only give student visas to those who will be taking in-person classes in Fall 2020. If students aren’t able to take any in-person classes due to the coronavirus pandemic, they must either leave the country or transfer to another university offering in-person courses.

The California State University and the California Community Colleges have joined the state’s lawsuit.

Cal State Bakersfield said Thursday, it stands with its international students. “We know this decision is distressing for our international students, faculty and staff. This is a matter of urgency, and we will have more information soon on how the CSU and our own campus plan to proceed.”

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