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Trump administration rescinds student visa order

Last Updated Jul 14, 2020 at 6:57 pm EDT

FILE - In this June 1, 2020, file photo, President Donald Trump speaks in the Rose Garden of the White House in Washington. Trump says that mail-in voting presents the greatest threat to his reelection hopes and he suggested that legal efforts in several states launched by his allies might decide November’s election. Trump has asserted without evidence that expanded mail-in voting will lead to the “greatest Rigged Election in history.” (AP Photo/Patrick Semansky, File)

To the relief of thousands of foreign students in the U-S, the Trump administration has rescinded an order that would have forced them to transfer schools or leave the country if their classes were entirely online due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

The decision was announced as a court hearing was getting underway on a challenge to the rule by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.

University leaders had suggested the new rule was part of U-S President Donald Trump’s effort to pressure schools and colleges to reopen this fall, even as COVID-19 number rise.

More to come.