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President Donald Trump participates in a border security briefing at a United States Border Patrol station President Donald Trump participates in a border security briefing at United States Border Patrol station in Yuma, Ariz., June 23, 2020 (AP photo by Evan Vucci).

Foreign Students Are the Latest Target of Trump’s War on Immigrants

Tuesday, Sept. 29, 2020

Editor’s Note: Guest columnist Edward Alden is filling in for Kimberly Ann Elliott.

Of all the self-defeating actions in the Trump administration’s war on immigrants, the most puzzling is its obsession with driving foreign students out of the United States. Last week, the administration unveiled a proposed rule that would force out many students by revoking visas if they fail to finish their degrees in four years, and would also limit students from many African and Middle Eastern countries to two-year visas. This comes on top of its failed effort earlier this year to strip visas from foreign students in universities that had been forced to switch to remote learning due to the coronavirus pandemic. The administration backed down after lawsuits and a storm of protest from the nation’s top colleges and universities. ...

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