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U of M to challenge visa restrictions on international students

The U of M is one of many universities, including Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology, that are filing a lawsuit against the federal government.

MINNEAPOLIS — The University of Minnesota announced Thursday they will join an amicus brief in support of a lawsuit that challenges recent U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) restrictions on visas for international students.

ICE issued guidelines Monday saying international students must leave the country or transfer to another college if their schools plan to offer classes entirely online this fall.

The University of Minnesota is one of many universities, including Harvard and Massachusetts Institute of Technology that are filing a lawsuit against the federal government.

“Our planned hybrid teaching model this fall supports both in-person and online courses, which should reduce the impact of ICE’s decision on our nearly 6,200 international students systemwide,” University of Minnesota President Joan Gabel said. “We stand with our international students, and international students across the country, in asking that the ICE directive be overturned immediately.”

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