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.

Letter Urging the Biden Administration to Protect Afghan Students, Scholars, & Others

This letter urges the Biden administration to protect Afghan students, scholars, researchers, and their families seeking to come to the U.S., and those here in U.S. higher education institutions. The letter was sent to the administration on August 24, 2021.

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Higher Ed Afghan Response & Advocacy: Rapid Response Action & Information Briefing

This briefing provides campuses an overview of what is happening on the ground for Afghan refugees coming to the U.S., what is needed, and where campuses can engage. It will also provide specific actions and advocacy. The briefing was held on September 9 at 12 p.m. E.T. 

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Book Launch & Conversation: America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility

A conversation with Dr. Rajika Bhandari held on September 14, 2021 about her new book, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility. The conversation features a panel of international education experts and U.S. higher education leaders.

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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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Latest Updates from Presidents' Alliance

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Summary of Reconciliation’s Legalization and Higher Ed Provisions

Summary of Reconciliation’s Legalization and Higher Ed Provisions The 117th Congress is currently considering legislation that would modernize our nation’s immigration laws through the creation of a roadmap to citizenship and expansion of access to higher education for the segments of the nati... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Hearing re: How Outdated U.S. Immigration Policies Push Top Talent to Other Countries

On June 23, 2021 the Presidents' Alliance submitted a statement for the record for the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship hearing regarding how outdated U.S. immigration policies push top talent to other countries. Statement for the Record for House Judiciary... Continue Reading
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How International Students Contribute to our Campuses, Communities, and Country

The exchange of people and ideas is necessary to ensure we have the expertise needed to fight the next global threat or pandemic, and international students are vital contributors to our knowledge and innovation agenda. Our graduate science programs, in particular, are dependent on the presence o... Continue Reading
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Higher Education Components of Key Immigration Legislation Impacting Undocumented Students

The Presidents' Alliance compiled this resource, which explores the higher education components of recent and ongoing immigration legislative efforts. Congress is considering a wide variety of pieces of legislation, and each of them address different higher education priorities. This chart provid... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Letter Supporting the Nomination of Ur Jaddou for USCIS Director

Presidents' Alliance Letter Supporting the Nomination of Ur Jaddou for USCIS Director May 26, 2021 Dear Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Grassley, and Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we write to express ... Continue Reading
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Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students

On May 17, 2021, the Presidents' Alliance, along with other partners, hosted an inaugural strategy meeting on how to significantly increase refugee student access and entry into the U.S. to pursue higher education. The meeting marked the launch of an initiative to mobilize higher education leader... Continue Reading