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Urgent deadline approaches for international college students fighting to stay in U.S.

California's three public university systems are fighting federal immigration orders that could force international students at UCLA, above, and other campuses to leave the country. <span class="copyright">(Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times)</span>
California’s three public university systems are fighting federal immigration orders that could force international students at UCLA, above, and other campuses to leave the country. (Glenn Koenig/Los Angeles Times)

With an urgent deadline approaching Wednesday, the collective force of California’s three public systems of higher education, which educate nearly 3 million students, have joined the legal fight to stop federal immigration authorities from banning international students from the U.S. if they take only online courses this fall.

Two separate lawsuits by the University of California and state Atty. Gen. Xavier Becerra with California State University and California Community Colleges have put the nation’s premier public research university and the two largest public higher education systems behind the effort to stop the federal order.

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement issued a July 6 directive that requires international students taking only online classes to leave the country and bans visas from being

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