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.

The Presidents’ Alliance 2022 Annual Impact Report

Our 2022 Annual Impact Report showcases Presidents’ Alliance milestones and achievements in the past year. Our growth in just five years is a testament to our members’ commitment as higher education leaders to an educational system in which immigration status is not a barrier to success and stability, and immigrant, international and refugee students are welcomed and wanted on our campuses and in our nation.  Read more about our achievements and future agenda.

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Webinar: Why States Can Already Hire Undocumented Students

On March 22, 2023, over 300 people joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education & Immigration, the UCLA Center for Immigration Law & Policy, and the Undocumented Student-Led Network on a webinar titled, “Why States Can Already Hire Undocumented Students.”

This informational webinar covered the legal foundation and challenges of the proposal that state entities can hire undocumented students who do not have federal work authorization. Speakers addressed the legal theory behind the proposal, prospects for challenges, implementation issues and questions, the role of students, and implications for other states.

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What You Need to Know: Parole Programs for Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela

This FAQ document seeks to provide information and education on who qualifies for parole through these programs, the benefits of having parole, who qualifies as a supporter to sponsor a parolee through these programs, and other questions regarding higher education.

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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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Administrative Agenda for Immigration and Higher Education

As President Biden enters the third year of his presidency and our nation recovers from the human and economic impacts of the pandemic, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and our over 550 Presidents and Chancellors urge the administration to take the following ten immedi... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed, PART 2: Building On Campus Support for Refugee Students

On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a webinar, Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed, PART 2: Building On Campus Support for Refugee Students. Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Stu... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Limited Access: The Landscape of In-State Tuition for Displaced Students

On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the Presidents' Alliance, along with Refugee Advocacy Lab, World Education Services (WES), and National Association of System Heads (NASH), hosted a webinar, Limited Access: The Landscape of In-State Tuition for Displaced Students. The webinar shared the finding... Continue Reading
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Calling on Congress to Prioritize DACA Recipients and Dreamers and Pass Bipartisan Dream Legislation this Year

The Presidents’ Alliance developed a template letter to Congress, particularly the Senate, for colleges and universities to adapt and send to their Senators or to their state congressional delegations in the wake of the decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The recent developments und... Continue Reading
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Webinar – Rapid Response Briefing on the Fifth Circuit Ruling on the Legality of DACA

On Monday, October 10, 2022, the Presidents' Alliance and co-sponsors, TheDream.US, FWD.us, Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Penn State Law, and the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA, hosted a "Rapid Response Briefing on the Fifth Circuit Ruling on the Legality of DACA". Spe... 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