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Harvard and MIT sue Trump administration over visa policy

Chinese and Indians to be hardest hit by new policy barring them from country

Hours after Harvard University announced its fall semester is going online, the U.S. government said international students will have to leave the country without in-person instruction. (Photo courtesy of Harvard University)

NEW YORK -- Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology filed a lawsuit Wednesday against the U.S. over a new rule that would bar international students from staying in the country if fall semester classes are held online.

The suit, filed in a Massachusetts district court, came two days after U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement unveiled policies that would force foreign students on F-1 and M-1 visas to leave the country. Over a million students, from all over the world, are on those visas.

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