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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 students. Broken down by population and by relevant agency, these recommendations outline how the administration can use existing statutory and regulatory authority (guidance, regulations, policy memoranda, and other mechanisms) to make positive, measurable differences in the lives of students, scholars, and their families. During the first year of the Biden administration, the higher education community has celebrated crucial first steps taken for our immigrant, international, and refugee students and scholars—though we note the need for continued progress to create a safe, equitable, and just immigration system for all. While only Congress can provide true permanent relief and paths toward greater opportunity for all of these populations, the recommendations in this document serve as a critical down payment for future legislative action. Collectively, these recommendations, if implemented, would allow the administration to design and implement an immigration and higher education strategy focused on legalization, accessibility, and retention for undocumented, international, and refugee students and scholars.

Additionally, here are shareable graphics that highlight some top priorities and recommendations from the administrative agenda: