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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Administrative Agenda for Immigration and Higher Education

Administrative Agenda for Immigration and Higher Education This document represents the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration’s recommended actions for the Biden administration to support undocumented students, international students, refugee students, and other immigrant st... Continue Reading
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Beyond DACA: An Updated Checklist for Campuses to Support Undocumented Campus Members

Campus Checklist for Undocumented Students We are waiting for a finalized rule from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security codifying DACA, which should be issued by the summer of 2022. DACA is also under considerable threat in the courts, with ongoing legal proceedings regarding the legality... Continue Reading
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Comment Letter: U.S. Department of State: Proposed Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services-Nonimmigrant and Special Visa Fees, RIN 1400-AF33

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration submitted a comment letter in response to the request for public input from the U.S. Department of State: Proposed Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services-Nonimmigrant and Special Visa Fees, RIN 1400-AF33, on proposed adjustment to... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief: Access to Higher Education for DACA, TPS, and DED Students in the Build Back Better Act of 2021

On December 10, 2021 this policy brief was written for moderate Democrats, urging the inclusion of DACA, TPS, and DED recipients in the proposed expansion of higher education benefits. This was written prior to the parliamentarian's decision on the parole provisions. View full policy brief here. Continue Reading
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Directory of Reconciliation Resources

This page contains an overview of all of our Reconciliation-related materials. We will continue to add resources as the reconciliation process evolves. Resources Policy Brief, Access to Higher Education for DACA, TPS, and DED Students in the Build Back Better Act of 2021, December 10, 2021 ... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief: CBO Scoring of Immigration Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

On November 18, 2021, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the immigration provisions of the Build Back Better act, which passed the House on November 19, 2021. To learn more about the CBO score, please read the full policy brief below. CBO Scoring of Immigration Prov... Continue Reading