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Trump administration rescinds policy barring foreign students from online classes

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) unveiled the directive earlier this month — a move widely seen as a way to pressure administrators to reopen their campuses. Because officials have dropped the order, foreign students, at least for now, will be permitted to take their courses fully online.

A federal judge announced the administration had backed away from the policy during a court hearing Tuesday, according to news reports.

The reversal followed harsh and immediate criticism from all corners of higher ed, as well as among Democratic lawmakers and state officials.

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