The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration

We are an alliance of American college and university leaders dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our students, campuses and communities.

Webinar - Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Undocumented Students in Higher Education

You are invited to an upcoming webinar and conversation, Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Undocumented Students in Higher Education, co-hosted by the Presidents’ Alliance, The Dream.US, FWD.us, and Immigrants Rising on Wednesday October 19, 2022, from 3-4:30 pm ET/12-1:30 pm PT. This session will focus on initiatives and best practices that campus leaders and practitioners have implemented to support undocumented students with and without work authorization. Leading campus and organizational experts will share new campus resources and models. Participants will hear about student experiences, graduate school and career pathways, non-employment based opportunities, how to start a dream center, communities of practices, and more.

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University of North Texas Amicus Brief

The Presidents’ Alliance has submitted an amicus brief in support of the University of North Texas (UNT) in the appeals case in the Fifth Circuit of Young Conservatives of Texas Foundation v. Smatresk, et. al. In this case, UNT was sued for charging out-of-state U.S. citizens more than in-state undocumented students.

Texas state law extends in-state tuition eligibility to undocumented students if they meet a number of requirements, including graduating from a Texas high school (or equivalent). The federal district court ruled against UNT, finding that the Texas law setting higher out-of-state tuition for U.S. citizens is preempted by federal law.

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Briefing: Arizona Proposition 308: Equal Access & Fairness in Higher Education for All Students

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a virtual briefing on Arizona Proposition 308: Equal Access & Fairness in Higher Education for All Students. This briefing discussed Arizona’s Proposition 308, which would provide equal access to in-state tuition and state financial aid to the state’s undocumented students. Higher education leaders, state policymakers, and immigration experts discussed how Prop. 308 would create equal and fair access to college in Arizona and help bolster the state’s economy. Thank you to our co-sponsors, the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), Aliento, American Immigration Council (AIC), and TheDream.US.

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Higher Ed Immigration Portal

An initiative that integrates data, policies, resources, and effective practices about DACA and undocumented, other immigrant, international, and refugee students to fuel change at the federal, state, and campus level, and build a diverse movement of partners.

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Understanding the Presidential Determination and the Role of Higher Ed Rebuilding of Refugee Resettlement

On September 8, 2022 the State Department and the Departments of Homeland Security and Health and Human Services transmitted the President’s Report to Congress on Proposed Refugee Admissions for Fiscal Year 2023, recommending a refugee admissions target of 125,000 for Fiscal Year (FY) 2023 to add... Continue Reading
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Briefing: Arizona Proposition 308: Equal Access & Fairness in Higher Education for All Students

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with our partners, hosted Arizona Proposition 308: Equal Access & Fairness in Higher Education for All Students. This briefing discussed Arizona's Proposition 308, which would provide equal access to in-state tuition and state ... Continue Reading
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Support Refugee and International Students this Welcoming Week and Beyond

SUPPORT REFUGEE AND INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS THIS WELCOMING WEEK AND BEYOND FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 15, 2022 Contact: Jose Magaña-Salgado (jose@presidentsalliance.org) Washington, D.C.— This week, the Presidents’ Alliance is proud to join higher education institutions and communities ... Continue Reading
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Diego Sánchez Joins the Presidents’ Alliance as New Director of Policy and Strategy

DIEGO SÁNCHEZ JOINS THE PRESIDENTS’ ALLIANCE AS NEW DIRECTOR OF POLICY AND STRATEGY Experienced immigration lawyer and former DACA recipient Sánchez to lead Presidents' Alliance urgent efforts to protect undocumented students and other Dreamers FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE September 14, 2022 Contact... Continue Reading
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DACA Final Rule: What You Need to Know

On August 24, 2022, the DHS’s U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) released an advance copy of a final rule that would codify the DACA 2012 policy into regulation. This fact sheet, created in partnership with Penn State Law's Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic and Cornell Law Schoo... Continue Reading
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New Rule on DACA One Step Forward in Dire Need for Progress

NEW RULE ON DACA ONE STEP FORWARD IN DIRE NEED FOR PROGRESS Administration can strengthen DACA, but real change must come from Congress FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 25, 2022 CONTACT: Jose Magaña-Salgado (jose@presidentsalliance.org) Washington, D.C.—The U.S. Department of Homeland Security... Continue Reading