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Attorney General James Sues Trump Administration for Reversal in Policy That Threatens to Deport International Students

New York Attorney General Letitia James today sued the Trump Administration for a sudden reversal in policy that threatens to deport more than a million international students at colleges and universities across New York and the rest of the nation if they do not register for in-person classes on campus this fall — a move aimed at coercing schools into offering in-person instruction at the risk of increasing the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19) among students, faculty, and other community members across New York. In a lawsuit filed against the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in addition to the agencies’ respective leaders — Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf and Acting ICE Director Matthew Albencey — as well as a subsequent motion for a preliminary injunction and a temporary restraining order, Attorney General James argues that ICE, just one week ago, announced a major policy reversal affecting almost every college and university in New York, and thousands more across the country, and that this reversal in policy threatens public health, students’ educations, and New York’s larger economy.

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