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Wisconsin joins lawsuit against federal rule barring international students from U.S.

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MADISON (WKOW ) -- Wisconsin's top law-enforcement officials announced the state has filed a lawsuit with 17 other attorneys general to stop a federal rule blocking international students from studying in the U.S.

Attorney General Josh Kaul announced the state's participation in the lawsuit via a press release sent Monday.

The suit, filed against the Department of Homeland Security and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), seeks an injunction to stop the rule from going into effect.

Kaul said the federal rule would stop hundreds of thousands of international students from studying in the United States.

“This unlawful policy pressures colleges and universities to provide in-person instruction regardless of whether it’s safe to do so and threatens to cause further harm to our economy,” Kaul said.

The press release said the federal rule would cost the University of Wisconsin System hundreds of millions of dollars in tuition. However, the press release did not specify over what period of time the UW would incur those damages.

The lawsuit further alleged the federal rule would cause economic harm by preventing "thousands of international students" from finding work in the United States.

ICE announced on July 6 that international students would not be allowed to live in the United States on student visas if they were taking all of their classes online. Many universities have opted for entirely online models as an attempt to slow the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic.

Colorado, Connecticut, Delaware, District of Columbia, Illinois, Maryland, Massachusetts, Michigan, Minnesota, Nevada, New Jersey, New Mexico, Oregon, Pennsylvania, Rhode Island, Vermont and Virginia joined Wisconsin in the lawsuit.

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