Administrative Agenda for Immigration and Higher Education
Posted: March 03, 2023
Posted: March 03, 2023
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 immediate immigration policy actions to emerge stronger, more resilient, and with greater well-being for all. Detailed along with others in our updated Administrative Agenda for Immigration and Higher Education, these actions are practical and doable with positive impacts on the ability of our immigrant, international, and refugee students to fully contribute to our campuses, communities, and nation.
Strengthen our economy—Ensure policies facilitate students’ access to work and skill-building opportunities, both during their education and after graduation:
Improve access and equity in higher education—Ensure policies maximize access and promote inclusive excellence and equity:
For our full list of recommendations, see our Administrative Agenda for Immigration and Higher Education
This document, updated for 2023, 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.