Senate GOP struggles to unify behind coronavirus relief bill amid dispute over DeVos education policy

But his move is opposed by a number of other members of the Senate Republican conference — some on the merits, others for strategic reasons. They will need to resolve the impasse to finalize the legislation. The bill is meant to be a negotiating tool with Democrats, though a previous measure with a similar goal went nowhere last month.

The dispute is already creating headaches at the beginning of a four-week sprint, when lawmakers are hoping to unify behind a coronavirus relief package as well as a government spending measure. They tried, but failed, to reach agreement on a relief bill in late July and August. And if they don’t agree on a government spending package by the end of September, a partial government shutdown will begin in October.

Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell (R-Ky.) hopes to bring the relief legislation to the Senate floor next week, and leaders are

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Trump administration rescinds international student policy for online classes in stunning u-turn

Harvard University is planning to teach classes largely online in the 2020 fall semester: AP
Harvard University is planning to teach classes largely online in the 2020 fall semester: AP

Donald Trump’s administration has abandoned its plan to rescind certain visas for foreign college students whose universities would be moving to online-only courses.

Several universities and attorneys general in 18 states as well as Washington DC had sued the administration over the policy, announced earlier this month.

Under the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) guidelines, which have been scrapped, for now, foreign students whose courses were moved online amid the coronavirus pandemic would have to leave the country. It instructed students on F-1 and M-1 visas to “depart the country or take other measures, such as transferring to a school with in-person instruction to remain in lawful status.”

The administration reached a settlement on Tuesday, a week after the guidance was issued, that reinstates an earlier policy allowing foreign students to legally remain in the

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Universities scramble to protect students from deportation under new ICE policy requiring in-person classes

The Trump administration has thrown colleges and universities across the country into confusion this week with the unexpected announcement that international students will have to leave the U.S. if their school does not offer in-person classes during the upcoming semester. 

In a press release Monday afternoon, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced that, under a forthcoming temporary rule, foreign students currently attending a school that plans to operate entirely online during the fall semester will either have to transfer to a different school offering in-person classes, leave the country voluntarily or face possible deportation.

In addition, ICE said the State Department “will not issue visas to students enrolled in schools and/or programs that are fully online for the fall semester nor will U.S. Customs and Border Protection permit these students to enter the United States.”

Under normal circumstances, the U.S. does not grant student visas to people enrolled in online-only

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