California Sues Trump Administration Over New Policy Restricting International Student Visas

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UC Berkeley students walk through Sather Gate on the UC Berkeley campus April 17, 2007  (Photo: Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

California Attorney General Xavier Becerra and state public education leaders announced on Thursday that they’re suing the Trump administration over a new rule requiring foreign college students to leave the U.S. if their classes are online-only when they resume in the fall. California, which is home to the largest population of international students in the country, follows Harvard and M.I.T., who filed a joint suit and asked for an emergency order to stop the new policy. California’s public college systems are now reviewing their ability to offer some in-person classes to protect international students who could be deported or barred from re-entering the country under the new rule, which is raising health and safety concerns. We’ll hear from Attorney General Becerra, as well as from students who could be affected, and discuss the implications of the policy.


Zaidee Stavely, reporter, EdSource

Xavier Becerra, California Attorney General

Lynn Mahoney, president, San Francisco State University

Essie Liu, international student from China studying at USC