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: DACA’s Precarious Future: A Conversation with Legal Experts and Advocates

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with our partners, hosted DACA’s Precarious Future: A Conversation with Legal Experts and Advocates. This briefing discussed DACA’s future as it moves through the Federal Court system.

Legal experts discussed the current status of different court cases and why DACA’s future is so precarious despite this administration’s efforts to fortify DACA. Speakers laid out the legislative path ahead to build on DACA’s successes and press for bipartisan Dream legislation. This briefing shared useful resources and advocacy opportunities around the anniversary of DACA on June 15th.

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DACA’s 10th Anniversary

Nearly ten years ago, on June 15, 2012, the sustained advocacy and courageous storytelling of undocumented students won a transformative victory when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was announced. More than 800,000 individuals have since relied on the work permits, deportation protections, and other opportunities afforded by DACA to pursue their career and educational goals including many on your respective campuses. In the process, these DACA recipients have demonstrated why expanding opportunities for immigrants is so important – both to their own lives and to the future of this country.

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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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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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Presidents’ Alliance Submits Amicus Brief in Support of University of North Texas

PRESIDENTS’ ALLIANCE SUBMITS AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT OF UNIVERSITY OF NORTH TEXAS District court ruling would place Court in role of running state higher educational policy FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE August 2, 2022 CONTACT: Jose Magaña-Salgado (jose@presidentsalliance.org) WASHINGTON, D.C.— Th... Continue Reading
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96 National, State, and Local Organizations and Presidents’ Alliance Urge Congress to Expand Title IV in the Higher Education Act to Include Federal Financial Aid Access for DACA and TPS in Reconciliation

96 NATIONAL, STATE, AND LOCAL ORGANIZATIONS AND PRESIDENTS' ALLIANCE URGE CONGRESS TO EXPAND TITLE IV IN THE HIGHER EDUCATION ACT TO INCLUDE FEDERAL FINANCIAL AID ACCESS FOR DACA AND TPS IN RECONCILIATION FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 28, 2022 CONTACT: Jose Magaña-Salgado (jose@presidentsallianc... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance and NGO Letter on Inclusion of Title IV Assistance for DACA and TPS Holders in Reconciliation

On July 28, 2022, the Presidents' Alliance sent out two letters to Congress: a letter signed by Executive Director Miriam Feldblum, along with an NGO letter signed by 96 organizations. The two letters are calling on lawmakers to include in the FY 2022 budget reconciliation, an expansion of Title ... Continue Reading
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The Presidents’ Alliance Reacts to the Fifth Circuit Hearing on Future of DACA

THE PRESIDENTS’ ALLIANCE REACTS TO FIFTH CIRCUIT HEARING ON FUTURE OF DACA FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE July 6, 2022 Contact: Jose Magaña-Salgado (jose@presidentsalliance.org) Washington, D.C.— Today, a three-judge panel on the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit heard arguments in Texas v... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Leaders Write Powerful USA Today OP-ED: “DACA Recipients Have Helped Build the American Dream. It’s Time to Give Them a Path to Citizenship”

  PRESIDENTS’ ALLIANCE LEADERS WRITE POWERFUL USA TODAY OP-ED: “DACA RECIPIENTS HAVE HELPED BUILD THE AMERICAN DREAM. IT’S TIME TO GIVE THEM A PATH TO CITIZENSHIP” FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 21, 2022 Contact: Jose Magaña-Salgado (jose@presidentsalliance.org) Washington, D.C.—During la... Continue Reading
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Ahead of World Refugee Day, More than 150+ Higher Education Leaders Sign New Statement of Support for Refugees and Displaced Students

AHEAD OF WORLD REFUGEE DAY, MORE THAN 150+ HIGHER EDUCATION LEADERS SIGN NEW STATEMENT OF SUPPORT FOR REFUGEES AND DISPLACED STUDENTS FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE June 16, 2022 CONTACT: Jose Magaña-Salgado, 480-678-0040, jose@presidentsalliance.org Washington, D.C.—A new statement signed by more th... Continue Reading