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Colleges win immigration battle, but haunted by fears for US reputation

Universities say the Trump administration's repeated attempts to curb immigration have sent students a message that they aren't welcome in the United States

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The loss of international students could have cost universities millions of dollars in tuition and jeopardised the ability of US companies to hire the highly skilled workers who often start their careers with an American education. Photo: Bloomberg

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Even with a fresh victory on behalf of international students, US universities fear they're losing a broader fight over the nation's reputation as a place that embraces and fosters the world's best scholars.
 
University leaders see it as a steady erosion. They say the Trump administration's repeated attempts to curb immigration have sent students a message that they aren't welcome in the United States. Colleges say foreign students are listening: Since President Donald Trump was elected in 2016, the number of new international students coming to the US has fallen by 10 per cent after years of growth.
 
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First Published: Jul 19 2020 | 6:29 PM IST

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