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Dreamers Graduate Loan Program Webinar

This webinar provides an overview of the Dreamers Graduate Loan Program which supports Dreamers with Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) status who want to pursue professional degrees but cannot access public loan programs due to their immigration status. Continue Reading
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Celebrating 1-Year of the Community of Practice Directory and Network

Last month, the Presidents’ Alliance celebrated the first anniversary of the first national Undocumented Community of Practice Directory and Network with The Dream.US and Immigrants Rising! Continue Reading
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Reflections on the Recent Senate Hearing on DACA and Dreamers

Yesterday's Senate Judiciary Committee hearing, Dream Deferred: The Urgent Need to Protect Immigrant Youth, chaired by Senator Durbin, aimed to restart the conversation surrounding DACA and Dreamers. Despite political disagreements on the topic of immigration overall, during the hearing, there was a notable consensus across party lines regarding the necessity of passing a permanent legislative fix for Dreamers with or without DACA–echoing popular sentiments from all corners of the country. Continue Reading
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Breakdown of Dreamer Populations — Both With and Without DACA

Dreamers are undocumented immigrants who arrived in the United States as children, lived and attended school here, and identify as American. They are integral members of our communities, contributing to various sectors of society through their talents, skills, and dedication. Many live with U.S. citizen children or family members, and most have grown up in the U.S. and were educated in our public K-12 schools. The Dreamer community in higher education includes not just students, but also alumni, faculty and staff. Continue Reading
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Dream Deferred: The Urgent Need to Protect Immigrant Youth

On Wednesday, May 8, 2024, the Senate will hold a hearing on the urgent need to protect Dreamers. This hearing presents an opportunity to highlight the critical role Dreamers play in fueling economic growth, meeting workforce demands, and nurturing talent development across various sectors. Here, you may find materials to guide your institution’s engagement with Senate judiciary members and other interested parties to encourage them to focus on bipartisan solutions for Dreamers with and without DACA or TPS. Continue Reading
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2024 SUCCESS Convening Photo Gallery

The 2024 SUCCESS Convening served as a pivotal platform for over 350 campus leaders, advocates, and policymakers from across the country to discuss and strategize ways to support undocumented students in higher education. Continue Reading
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Reflections on the 2024 SUCCESS Convening: Unity and Empowerment for Undocumented Students

Last month, we were thrilled to organize in the 2024 SUCCESS Convening hosted by the Presidents’ Alliance, in collaboration with TheDream.US and Immigrants Rising organizations at Rice University in Houston, TX. This event brought together over 350 campus leaders, advocates, and legal experts to discuss ways for supporting undocumented students in pursuit of their educational and career goals. Continue Reading
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Book Launch and Conversation: Amplifying Black Undocumented Student Voices in Higher Education

On April 25th at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT, join the Presidents’ Alliance as we celebrate the launch of Amplifying Black Undocumented Voices in Higher Education! Continue Reading
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Fostering Inclusion for Black Immigrant Students at HBCUs

On March 21st, 2024 at 2:30 pm ET/11:30 am PT, the Presidents’ Alliance and CLASP hosted the Belonging at HBCUs for Black Immigrant Students webinar. The webinar featured the new report, Fostering Inclusion for Black Immigrant Students at HBCUs, which discusses the role HBCUs play in providing higher education opportunities for Black immigrant students, including undocumented Black students, and ensuring the viability and sustainability of HBCUs serving Black immigrant students. Continue Reading
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Better FAFSA for Mixed Status Families: Updates from the Department of Education

On March 15, 2024, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a briefing with the Department of Education, Immigrant Rising, NILC, ImmSchools, and the National College Attainment Network. The purpose was to deliver the most recent updates from the Department of Education regarding the status of the Better FAFSA for mixed-status families, as well as to offer recommendations and resources for institutions and practitioners assisting students with non-SSN contributors. Watch Here: The Department of Education released an updated version of the Free Application... Continue Reading
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Reflections on the State of the Union Address: Dreamers’ Success is Our Country’s Success.

Reflections on the State of the Union Address: Dreamers’ Success is Our Country’s Success By Jason Koh and Corinne Kentor There were a number of Dreamers in attendance at last night’s State of the Union address who exemplify the wide-ranging contributions of this population. From James Beard award winner Victoria Elizondo, to emergency room doctor Denisse Rojas Marquez, to Chapman University student Valeria Delgado, these individuals reinforce the importance of establishing permanent protections for DACA recipients and all Dreamers. Dreamers... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Joins Comment Letter on Better FAFSA for Mixed Status Families

Presidents’ Alliance Joins Comment Letter on Better FAFSA for Mixed Status Families The Presidents’ Alliance joined over 100 partner organizations in support of a comment letter submitted by ImmSchools urging the Department of Education to resolve ongoing issues with the redesigned Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA). Since the launch of the new FAFSA in late December, contributors without social security numbers (SSNs) have been unable to set up required FSA IDs and have encountered error messages when seeking to... Continue Reading
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The Impact of the New FAFSA on Mixed Status Immigrant Families

The Impact of the New FAFSA on Mixed Status Immigrant Families The Department of Education released an updated version of the Free Application for Student Aid (FAFSA) in December 2023. Since the launch of the new FAFSA, contributors without social security numbers (SSNs) have been unable to set up required FSA IDs and have encountered error messages when seeking to fill out the form. This leaves a large population of students at risk of missing priority aid deadlines and precludes... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee’s Letter to White House and Congress For Inclusion of Relief for Dreamers in any Bipartisan Immigration Compromise

Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee’s Letter to White House and Congress For Inclusion of Relief for Dreamers in any Bipartisan Compromise In this letter, the Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee addresses the President, Vice President, and Congressional leaders, urgently calling for the incorporation of relief measures for Dreamers within any bipartisan compromise. Against the backdrop of legal uncertainties surrounding Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), the Alliance highlights the severe economic and national security ramifications that would arise if DACA protections were... Continue Reading
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Expanding TRIO Programs Eligibility to Undocumented Students

Expanding TRIO Programs Eligibility to Undocumented Students This letter, signed by 100 organizations and institutions, supports the expansion of eligibility for Federal TRIO programs to include undocumented students. It encourages the TRIO Subcommittee and full Committee to endorse this expansion. Read the full letter here.       Continue Reading
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Unlocking Advance Parole, Part II: An Intensive Workshop for Campuses

On February 6th, 2024, at 3 PM ET/12 PM PT, the Presidents’ Alliance and FWD.us hosted an interactive follow-up workshop from our November webinar, Pathways to Protection for DACA Recipients: Unlocking Advance Parole. This workshop focused on successfully implementing Advance Parole initiatives on your campus. Participants had the opportunity to gain hands-on support from experts and connect with colleagues working to develop similar programs. Watch the webinar here: This webinar featured: Ali Procopio, Director of Education and Workforce, Immigration, FWD.us Jaclyn Kelley-Widmer, Clinical... Continue Reading
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State of Texas v. United States: Amicus Brief Supporting DACA Recipients

State of Texas v. United States: Amicus Brief Supporting DACA Recipients On February, 1st 2024, the Presidents’ Alliance, in collaboration with TheDream.US, filed an amicus brief in support of MALDEF’s appeal in Texas v. United States, the DACA case now before the 5th circuit. The amicus brief drafting was led by David Zimmer of Goodwin Procter. David Zimmer is a partner in the Supreme Court and Appellate practice at Goodwin Procter in Boston. Overview of the Argument: The amicus brief... Continue Reading
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Memo on Amicus Brief in Defense of DACA Recipients

Memo on Amicus Brief in Defense of DACA Recipients The Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US are coordinating an amicus brief in support of MALDEF’s appeal in Texas v. United States, the Fifth Circuit case involving the legality of DACA. This memo details a summary of the case, its impact on DACA recipients, an overview of the amicus brief, and why institutions and organizations should consider joining. Read the full memo here.             Continue Reading
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DACA and the 5th Circuit: What’s at Stake and Why Join Our Amicus Brief

The Presidents‘ Alliance and TheDream.US are coordinating an amicus brief in support of MALDEF’s appeal in Texas v. United States, the Fifth Circuit case involving the legality of DACA. On Monday, January 22, from 3-4 pm ET/12-1 pm PT, The Presidents‘ Alliance and TheDream.US co-hosted a webinar that covered the case, what is at stake, an outline of the amicus brief, and why institutions and organizations should consider joining. Speakers discussed projections about the future timeline of the case and... Continue Reading
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Invitation to Join Amicus Brief

The Presidents’ Alliance invites all Presidents’ Alliance member institutions and TheDream.US partner colleges to join an amicus brief in support of MALDEF’s appeal in Texas v. United States, the 5th Circuit case involving the legality of DACA. Amicus briefs are due on February 1, 2024. To join in support of this brief, you must sign up by 5 pm ET on January 29, 2024. For a overview of the amicus brief, see this memo, Context and Purpose of the Amicus Brief... Continue Reading
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SUCCESS 2024 Convening

Exciting News! Our Supporting Undocumented Students’ College & Career Equity: Strategies for Success (SUCCESS) 2024 Convening will be held at Rice University on Friday, March 29 through Saturday, March 30, 2024. The focus of the 2024 SUCCESS convening will be to share and equip campuses with cutting-edge practices and resources that support the educational and career equity outcomes for undocumented students, including non-employment based experiential learning models, pathways to graduate and professional programs, career development for undocumented students, and more!... Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources: Private Institutions Tool Launch

On Wednesday, November 1, the Presidents’ Alliance along with our partners, TheDream.US and Golden Door Scholars, hosted a webinar to launch our new Private Institutions Tool, which lives on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal. During the webinar, we previewed the new interactive tool that enables students, counselors, and campuses to compare college and university policies related to supporting undocumented students. Find out how your campus can join our database! Speakers Included: Hyein Lee, Director of Programs and Evaluation, TheDream.US Sam... Continue Reading
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Pathways to Protection for DACA Recipients: Unlocking Advance Parole

Pathways to Protection for DACA Recipients: Unlocking Advance Parole On November 8, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with FWD.us and TheDream.us to learn more about Advance Parole (AP) – what it is, how it works, the ways in which AP may unlock pathways to more permanent protections for DACA recipients, and the steps required to establish an AP program on your campus. Watch the Webinar: This webinar featured: Laura Enriquez, Associate Professor of Chicano/Latino Students, University of California, Irvine José González... Continue Reading
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Private Institutions Tool Launch

On Wednesday, November 1st at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration will host a webinar on the recently launched Private Institution Tool on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal. This tool extends the Portal’s state policy tracking of admission and financial aid policies to track private institutions’ policies and support services. This event will feature an overview of the tool and a conversation with representatives from private institutions and organizations supporting undocumented students, followed by a... Continue Reading
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USCIS Increases Employment Authorization Document Validity to Five Years for Certain Categories: An Explainer

USCIS Increases Employment Authorization Document Validity to Five Years for Certain Categories: An Explainer On September 27, 2023, USCIS issued a policy alert extending the maximum eligibility period for certain Employment Authorization Documents (“EADs”) and clarifying which noncitizens may use their Form I-94, Arrival/Departure Record, as evidence of employment authorization. These updates aim to reduce the frequency with which individuals must apply for and renew their EADs and ultimately to reduce processing backlogs at USCIS. Read the explainer here Continue Reading
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5 Things Colleges and Universities can do in the Wake of the Latest DACA Decision

5 Things Colleges and Universities can do in the Wake of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision on DACA In partnership with Informed Immigrant and FWD.us, the Presidents’ Alliance provided this list of ways that higher education institutions can support current DACA recipients and undocumented students/staff in the wake of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision on DACA.     Continue Reading
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Comment Letter for the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics

Comment Letter for the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics The Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US submitted a comment to the President’s Advisory Commission on Advancing Educational Equity, Excellence, and Economic Opportunity for Hispanics urging the committee to consider the needs of undocumented students and those from mixed status families. The comment highlights the growing numbers of first and second generation immigrant-origin students in higher education and outlines theirextraordinary contributions to life, work, and... Continue Reading
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Leveraging Advance Parole to Support DACA Recipients as DACA is Under Threat

Leveraging Advance Parole to Support DACA Recipients as DACA is Under Threat This resource provides a background and guidelines on how higher education institutions can expand opportunities for DACA recipients through advanced parole. Included in this resource are the following: Primer on Advanced Parole How Higher Ed institutions can educate staff that manage study abroad programs about advance parole. Ways Higher Ed institutions can provide legal resources and support to help DACA recipients apply for advance parole. Partnering with external... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing on the recent DACA Decision by Judge Hanen

Rapid Response Briefing on the recent DACA Decision by Judge Hanen On Thursday, September 21 at 12 PM ET/11 AM CT, The Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a virtual one-hour Rapid Response Briefing on the Latest DACA Decision with the TheDream.US, FWD.us, and MALDEF. Speakers addressed the legal context and implications of the most recent ruling on DACA, what it means for DACA recipients and undocumented individuals, and how higher education can support undocumented students in this time of need. The briefing discussed... Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resource – Achieving Inclusive Excellence: Immigrant-Origin Students Are Key to the Future of U.S. Higher Education

  On Wednesday, August 2, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “Achieving Inclusive Excellence: Immigrant-Origin Students Are Key to the Future of U.S. Higher Education.” The Presidents’ Alliance, in partnership with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) and the American Immigration Council (AIC), released new estimates and enrollment data of immigrant-origin students, including undocumented students, in higher education. The state and national pages on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal have also been updated with the... Continue Reading
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Investing in the Future: Higher Ed Should Give Greater Focus to Growing Immigrant-Origin Student Population

Immigrant-origin students account for 80 percent of the overall increase in U.S. higher education enrollment in the past two decades. Enrollment growth among immigrant-origin students vastly outpaced that of students from U.S.-born families, with a 94 percent rise compared to 6 percent respectively between 2000 and 2021. Continue Reading
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Webinar – Understanding the Complexities of Border Security and its Impacts on Reaching a Bipartisan Compromise for Dreamers

On Friday, June 9, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “Understanding the Complexities of Border Security and its Impacts on Reaching a Bipartisan Compromise for Dreamers“, co-sponsored by Niskanen Center, American Business Immigration Coalition, American Immigration Council, American Immigration Lawyers Association, National Immigration Forum. During this event, various professionals such as campus leaders, policy experts, and immigration analysts shared their insights on how discussions about border management are often politicized. The speakers also highlighted the potential to... Continue Reading
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Webinar – Implementation of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students in Arizona

On June 7, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on the Implementation of Tuition Equity for Undocumented Students in Arizona, co-sponsored by Aliento, National College Attainment Network (NCAN), TheDream.US, American Immigration Council, and Immigrants Rising. Speakers took an in-depth look at the crucial role that colleges and universities can play to effectively implement tuition equity policies in Arizona and elsewhere. The event included impacted students who shared their stories and discussed the importance and challenges in implementing Proposition... Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Pathways to Immigration: Why it Matters Event

  On April 21, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a half-day event, Higher Ed Pathways to Immigration: Why it Matters . This event illuminated higher education’s role in facilitating immigration pathways, developing talent and potential, and reducing barriers to integration and naturalization. As the Biden Administration seeks to build on the strength of immigrant contributions to our knowledge-based economy, colleges and universities serve as critically important pathways for immigration and for immigrant integration, mobility, and success. However, these pathways are not... Continue Reading
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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... Continue Reading
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Comment in Letter on USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements

Comment Letter on USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements (Docket No. USCIS 2021-0010) The Presidents’ Alliance understands the financial strain USCIS contends with and appreciates the agency’s efforts to distribute the burden of fee increases as equitably as possible to account for the USCIS budget shortfall. However, even modest fee increases can pose significant financial barriers for some populations, including DACA recipients, international students, refugees, and anyone seeking to apply for naturalization. Ultimately, Congress... Continue Reading
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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 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... Continue Reading
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The Presidents’ Alliance and Partners’ Education Week of Action for Dreamers!

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, TheDream.US, and partners hosted a Higher Ed Dream Action Week last week to urge Congress to deliver on a bipartisan legislative fix for DACA recipients and other Dreamers. Without urgent action from Congress, hundreds of thousands of DACA recipients will be at risk of losing their protections, potentially being pushed out of the workplace, and cruelly separated from their families. In both Washington, D.C. and virtually across the country, campus leaders and... Continue Reading
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Americans Want Congress To Protect Dreamers This Year

This resource provides talking points in support of a bipartisan, legislative solution to protect Dreamers. The resource includes background information on Dreamers, an overview of the economic contributions of Dreamers, Dreamers and higher education, and the urgent need for a legislative solution. Dreamers are immigrants who came to the United States as children, lived and gone to school here, and in many cases identify as American. They are part of the fabric of our country and deserve to be recognized... Continue Reading
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DACA and Dreamers: What You Need to Know

The resource provides an overview of DACA recipients, their economic impact, impact on U.S. citizens, connection to higher education, and public support for a permanent legislative solution. Over the last decade, DACA has protected more than 830,000 individuals. DACA has enabled them to work lawfully, attend school, and plan their lives without the constant threat of deportation. As of June 2022, there were more than 594,000 individuals with DACA. You can find DACA and Dreamers: What You Need to Know... Continue Reading
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Social Media Toolkit: Show Your Support for Dreamers

Undocumented students are a cornerstore of our college and university communities across the United States. With the future of DACA endangered, it is imperative that Congress passes a permanent, legislative solution to ensure undocumented students and other Dreamers can remain in the U.S. and contribute fully to their communities. We’re calling on Congress to protect Dreamers by passing bipartisan Dream legislation this year. Find several infographics and sample social media posts below, along with other ideas and resources, to help... Continue Reading
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DACA/Dreamers Op-Ed Content Ideas and Resources

State and local op-eds and other first person testimonials from college and university leaders are an important part of the larger legislative advocacy push to help solidify Dreamers’ futures in this country following the harmful Fifth Circuit ruling on DACA. To support the drafting of these first person essays, the Presidents’ Alliance has developed a potential op-ed arc and related resources for member institutions – either to stimulate thinking of how you can lead on drafting or to provide a... 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 underscore the urgent need for Congress to act to provide permanent protections for all Dreamers via a pathway to citizenship. The goal of the letter is to assist colleges and universities in sharing their support... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Undocumented Students in Higher Education

On Wednesday, October 19, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance and co-sponsors, TheDream.US, FWD.us, Immigrants Rising, and Informed Immigrants hosted a webinar, Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Undocumented Students in Higher Education. This webinar focused on the initiatives and effective practices that campus leaders and practitioners have implemented to support undocumented students with and without work authorization. Presenters shared about the top needs of undocumented students, the research on Undocumented Student Resource Centers (USRC) and how to start a center... Continue Reading
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Talking Points – Presidents’ Alliance and Broader Allies on DACA and Current Moment

Following the Fifth Circuit decision on DACA on October 5, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance has updated talking points on DACA, the current moment, and the urgent need to pass Dream legislation this year. Talking Points – Presidents’ Alliance and Broader Allies on DACA and Current Moment Continue Reading
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5 Things Colleges and Universities can do in the Wake of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision on DACA

On October 6, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, Fwd.US, and Informed Immigrant released a resource guide on how campuses can help to express their support and share information with DACA recipients, Dreamers, and their families—who may be students, staff, or faculty members. 5 Things Colleges and Universities can do in the Wake of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision on DACA   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“. Speakers addressed the current legal context and implications of the recent ruling from the Fifth Circuit, what it means for current and prospective DACA recipients, and how higher ed can support their undocumented campus... Continue Reading
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DACA Update: What You Need to Know

On September 15, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance and the Cornell Law School Migration and Human Rights Program collaborated on this updated fact sheet about what you need to know about DACA. This resource addresses DACA’s status in the courts, the impact of Judge Hanen’s September 2023 decision, as well as general information about the status of DACA. DACA Update: What You Need to Know Continue Reading
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Briefing: Arizona Proposition 308: Equal Access & Fairness in Higher Education for All Students

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with our partners, hosted “Arizona Proposition 308: Equal Access & Fairness in Higher Education for All Students”. This briefing discussed Arizona’s Proposition 308, which would provide equal access to in-state tuition and state financial aid to the state’s undocumented students. Higher education leaders, state policymakers, and immigration experts discussed how Arizona Prop. 308 would create equal and fair access to college in Arizona and would help bolster the state’s economy. This... 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 School’s Migration and Human Rights Program, provides necessary information to help understand this rule and what it means for DACA. DACA Final Rule: What You Need to Know Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety Hearing on Immigration and Higher Education

On June 14, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration submitted a statement for the record for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety Hearing on Immigration and Higher Education hearing on “Strengthening our Workforce and Economy through Higher Education and Immigration”. Statement for the Record for Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety Hearing on Immigration and Higher Education Continue Reading
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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... Continue Reading
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DACA’s 10th Anniversary

DACA is Turning 10! 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... Continue Reading
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Comment Letter on Proposed Changes to IPEDS

Comment Letter on Department of Education Proposed Changes to IPEDS In late February, the Department of Education proposed changes for the Integrated Postsecondary Education Data System (IPEDS), directing colleges and universities to report DACA recipients under the category of “nonresident,” and report undocumented students without DACA as “Race/ethnicity unknown.” Our comment letter outlines concerns with the proposed guidance and proposes alternative guidance. The letter recommends that institutions are directed to report undocumented students who graduate from U.S. high schools (or... Continue Reading
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Beyond DACA: Updated Checklists for Campuses to Support Dreamers and Other Undocumented Campus Members

Campus Checklists for Undocumented Students On October 5, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that DACA was illegal. However, since the Biden Administration’s new DACA regulation is to take effect on October 31, 2022, the Fifth Circuit stayed the results of its decision and sent the case back to the district court to rule on the legality of the new regulation. For current DACA recipients and DACA applicants, the status quo remains. For those who... 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 Policy Brief, CBO Scoring of Immigration Provisions in the Build Back Better Act, November 19, 2021 Vote Recommendation, Presidents’ Alliance Shares Vote Recommendation in Support of the Build Back Better Act, November 4, 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 Provisions in the Build Back Better Act Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Shares Vote Recommendation in Support of the Build Back Better Act

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration wrote to Democratic House Representatives urging them to vote YES on the Build Back Better Act, also known as the FY 2022 budget reconciliation legislation, especially in light of the legislation’s provisions extending parole protections to upwards of eight million immigrants, including Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and expansion of federal financial aid to DACA and TPS holders. Read the full vote recommendation here. Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance and Member Comments for DACA Notice and Comment

Presidents’ Alliance Comment for DACA Notice and Comment Presidents’ Alliance Example Draft Comment Presidents’ Alliance Higher Education Comment Guide for Proposed Rule to Fortify DACA         Member Comments Amherst College Arizona State University California State University Metropolitan State University of Denver Mount Holyoke College Oglethorpe University Princeton University Southern Connecticut State University UCLA Civil Rights Project University of California University of Minnesota Immigration Response Team Yakima Valley College Continue Reading
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FAQ on Experiential and Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

The purpose of this document is to provide campuses and their legal counsel with information on developing nonemployment-based, funded experiential opportunities for undocumented students. This document sets forth legal considerations pertinent to experiential and funding opportunities that institutions may consider providing to undocumented students. The following questions also address common legal constraints for institutions and questions related to such opportunities. This document seeks to offer a framework for consideration of various approaches as institutions endeavor to increase access to funded... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Letter on Budget Reconciliation

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration writes to urge the Senate to incorporate the following provisions through the FY 2022 budget reconciliation legislation: (a) incorporate a parole program for undocumented students and immigrants, including, dreamers, DACA recipients, and TPS holders; (b) expand Pell Grants and ensure that the expansion also provide eligibility to DACA recipients, other undocumented students, TPS and DED holders; (c) ensure that any provision providing free community college tuition or scholarships includes eligibility to undocumented... Continue Reading
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Template Comment for DACA, Undocumented Students, and Allies to Comment on Proposed Regulation to Fortify DACA

This template document is meant to serve as a guide for undocumented/DACA students and scholars and allies who wish to comment on the proposed rule by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (USCIS-2021-0006). The Presidents’ Alliance also provided comment guidelines to its coalition of more than 500 college and university presidents. You can find the comment guide for institutions here. The deadline to submit comments is November... Continue Reading
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Including Undocumented Students in Tuition-Free Community College Proposals

Congress is considering a proposed budget reconciliation package that would include tuition-free community college for eligible students without regard to the students’ immigration status. States that receive federal grants under this program would not be able to deny tuition-free community college to students based on “citizenship, alienage, or immigration status.” The purpose of this brief is to provide an overview of undocumented students’ current access to in-state tuition and state financial aid, including Promise programs, and the economic and state-level... Continue Reading
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Higher Education Comment Guide for Proposed Rule to Fortify DACA

This document is a guide to assist institutions of higher education that wish to comment on the proposed rule by U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS), Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (USCIS-2021-0006). The deadline for institutions to submit comments is November 29, 2021 at 11:59 PM ET. We will keep institutions abreast of any developments. The Presidents’ Alliance created this guide to assist individual colleges and universities in drafting comments regarding the... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing: Proposed Rule to Fortify DACA and Higher Ed Engagement

The Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour rapid response briefing on the proposed rule to fortify DACA, co-sponsored by TheDream.US, Curran, Berger and Kludt Immigration Law, PennState Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, and UCLA Center for Immigration and Law Policy. Speakers addressed the legal context and implications of the proposed rule, what it means for current and prospective DACA recipients, and how campuses can engage in submitting comments. The event also included discussion of the prospects for legislative action regarding... Continue Reading
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The Proposed DACA Regulation: What You Need to Know

The Proposed DACA Regulation: What You Need to Know PennState Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Cornell Law School, and the Presidents’ Alliance collaborated to create this document providing an overview of the proposed regulation that would codify DACA eligibility into regulation. Continue Reading
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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 nation’s undocumented population. This legislation–contained in the FY 2022 Budget Reconciliation Resolution–must pass both the House and Senate and then be signed by the President to become law. On the House side, two committees, the House Judiciary Committee... Continue Reading
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Letter to the House Judiciary Committee – Vote Recommendation Opposing Any Harmful Amendments Introduced in the House Judiciary Committee Markup

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration writes to encourage House Judiciary Committee members to vote no on any amendment introduced during the House Judiciary Committee markup of the FY 2022 concurrent budget reconciliation resolution that would undermine: (a) the roadmap to citizenship for Dreamers, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and others; (b) undocumented student access to in-state tuition, admissions, enrollment, or financial aid; or (c) the country’s ability to attract and retain... Continue Reading
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Letter to Senate Judiciary Committee Sharing Higher Education Immigration Recommendations for Budget Reconciliation

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration writes to urge the Senate to incorporate the following provisions through the FY 2022 budget reconciliation legislation: (a) incorporate a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented students, Dreamers, DACA recipients, and TPS holders; (b) expand Pell Grants and ensure that the expansion also provide eligibility to undocumented students, including DACA recipients; (c) ensure that any provision providing free community college also includes eligibility to undocumented students, including DACA recipients; and (d) include an... Continue Reading
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Letter Urging Senate to Pass DREAM Legislation in 2021

Dear Leader Chuck Schumer and Leader Mitch McConnell, As business, education, civic and faith leaders around the country we join together to call on the U.S. Senate to pass the bipartisan Dream Act of 2021, reintroduced by Senators Dick Durbin (D-IL) and Lindsey Graham (R-SC), which would provide Dreamers, their families, and the employers who depend on them much-needed certainty following years of legal limbo. Nearly 80 percent of all voters and more than half of Republican voters believe in... Continue Reading
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Sen. Bob Menendez (D-NJ) Briefs Business Leaders and Immigration Advocates on Immigration Reform and Budget Reconciliation

On July 29, the Presidents’ Alliance co-sponsored an event with the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), along with other partners, that briefed dozens of immigration advocates, including members of the business, faith, higher education, and immigrants’ rights groups, on immigration reform and budget reconciliation. Miriam Feldblum, executive director at the Presidents’ Alliance, asked an important question about how higher education can advocate for and alongside undocumented students. You can watch Senator Menendez’s response below, or see the full event recording... Continue Reading
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Expanding The Workforce Of The Midwest Through Common Sense Immigration Solutions

On Wednesday, July 28, the Presidents’ Alliance co-sponsored an event, hosted by the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), called “Expanding the Workforce of the Midwest Through Common Sense Immigration Solutions.” America’s Midwest, which includes Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan, heavily relies on immigrant workers to power key industries including agriculture, hospitality, restaurant, and healthcare industries. With historic workforce shortages affecting the nation — hitting the Midwest particularly hard — speakers discussed the urgency of immigration reform to strengthen... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing: The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education

On July 21, the Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US co-hosted a rapid response briefing, “The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education.” The event included a legal analysis of the Texas decision, what it means for the future of DACA and the practical impacts of the decision on current DACA recipients, DACA-eligible students, and campuses. Speakers also addressed the implications for the ongoing negotiations in Congress regarding a roadmap to citizenship for Dreamers and other undocumented populations... Continue Reading
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DACA in the Courts: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This fact sheet provides an overview of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and two key court decisions related to the program. The document summarizes the two court decisions, one in the U.S. Supreme Court and the second by a federal court in Texas, and provides a list of resources for higher education institutions and students. The fact sheet was developed by the Presidents’ Alliance and the Center for Immigrant Rights Clinic at Penn State Law. DACA in the Courts... Continue Reading
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Fulfilling Florida’s Promise: University President’s Forum on the Dream Act and Immigration Reform

On Tuesday, June 29, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) and the IMPAC Fund to host “Fulfilling Florida’s Promise: University President’s Forum on the Dream Act and Immigration Reform.” For decades, young undocumented immigrants have enrolled in our higher education institutions, strengthened our workforce, and fulfilled critical labor needs. Congressional action is required to unleash their economic potential. The event discussed the urgent need for our elected leaders to support the bipartisan Dream Act of... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief: Budget Reconciliation as an Approach to Passing Immigration Reform

Democratic policymakers are attempting to use a special legislative process known as “reconciliation,” to advance immigration reform. If successful, Dreamers, TPS recipients, essential workers, and more than 427,000 undocumented students, including DACA recipients, enrolled in higher education would potentially be provided with relief. To learn more about this process, its complexities, and potential consequences, please read the full policy brief below. Budget Reconciliation as an Approach to Passing Immigration Reform Continue Reading
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Spring 2021 Unified Agenda: A Sneak Peek at Coming Federal Regulations

The Presidents’ Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released the spring unified agenda for all agencies, which details proposed rules and regulations in the pipeline from Spring 2021 and gives us a glimpse of policy changes to come–especially as they relate to higher education. There are several rules affecting our immigrant and international campus members, including: Proposed Rule: Preserving and Fortifying DACA: Intention to “take all appropriate action to preserve and fortify DACA, consistent... Continue Reading
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Supporting a Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Students in 2021

Since its inception, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has protected almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation and allowed them to apply for renewable two-year work permits. There is an enormous opportunity in 2021 to build a humane, commonsense approach to immigration policy that provides a pathway to legalization for DACA recipients and other undocumented youth. The Presidents’ Alliance, in conjunction with FWD.us, developed a toolkit for higher education institutions to help... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record on Hearing from the Committee on the Judiciary H.R.6, American Dream and Promise Act of 2021

On June 15, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance submitted a statement for the record for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s hearing on H.R.6, the American Dream and Promise Act. Statement for the Record for Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on H.R.6 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 provides an overview of each bill’s provisions. For more information about Dreamer-specific legislation, click here. Higher Education Components of Key Immigration Legislation Impacting Undocumented Students 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 our strong support for the nomination of Ur Jaddou for Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Based on Ms. Jaddou’s extensive professional experiences, far-ranging expertise, and her thoughtful... Continue Reading
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Comment in Response to USCIS’ Request for Information on Barriers to Benefits and Legalization

On May 18, 2021 the Presidents’ Alliance of Higher Education and Immigration submitted a comment in response to USCIS’ request for information regarding policies, regulations, and other guidance that functioned as obstacles to benefits and legalization. Comment in Response to USCIS’ Request for Information on Barriers to Benefits and Legalization The Presidents’ Alliance also signed onto a group comment submitted by ACE (link forthcoming). Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for House Judiciary Hearing on Barriers to Immigration Benefits

On April 28, 2021, the House Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a hearing entitled, “Why Don’t They Just Get in Line?”: Barriers to Legal Immigration. In support of this hearing, the Presidents’ Alliance submitted its statement for the record, highlighting the barriers undocumented, other immigrant, and international students face in obtaining immigration benefits. Presidents’ Alliance Statement for the Record for House Judiciary Hearing on Barriers to Immigration Benefits Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Coalition of 500+ Presidents Urge Passage of U.S. Citizenship Act

Presidents’ Alliance Coalition of 500+ Presidents Urge Passage of U.S. Citizenship Act Transmitted electronically United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Member of Congress: On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we write to express our full support of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in the Senate and Representative Linda Sánchez (D-CA) in the House, and urge you to cosponsor and... Continue Reading
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Template Letter to Congress on the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 for Higher Ed Institutions

The Presidents’ Alliance developed this template letter to Congress for institutions of higher education to adapt and send to their U.S. Senate and House delegations in support of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, which includes comprehensive and long-awaited reforms to the immigration system, many of which affect higher education, including: (a) a broad earned roadmap to citizenship; (b) an expedited path for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders; (c) the repeal of Section 505, reducing barriers for states... Continue Reading
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Template Letter to Congress on the Dream Act of 2021 for Higher Ed Institutions

The Presidents’ Alliance developed this template letter to Congress, particularly the Senate, for institutions of higher education to adapt and send to Senate delegations in support of the Dream Act of 2021, which would codify Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) into law and provide a path to citizenship for certain undocumented immigrants with and without DACA who arrived in the United States at a young age. The Dream Act of 2021—identical to the Dream Act of 2019—has been reintroduced... Continue Reading
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Steering Committee Letter Endorsing the Dream Act of 2021

Steering Committee Letter Endorsing the Dream Act of 2021 Transmitted electronically March 2, 2021 United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Senators: On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we write to express our full support of the bipartisan Dream Act of 2021 (S.264), which would provide relief for DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals) recipients and other Dreamers, introduced by Senators Graham (R-SC) and Durbin (D-IL). As higher education leaders, we believe it is our... Continue Reading
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Undocumented Students in Higher Education (Updated March 2021)

How Many Undocumented Students are in U.S. Colleges and Universities, and Who Are They? The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration partnered with New American Economy to release an updated analysis of how many undocumented students are pursuing higher education in the United States: Undocumented Students in Higher Education: How Many Students are in U.S. Colleges and Universities, and Who Are They? (Updated March 2021). The new estimates show there are more than 427,000 undocumented students enrolled in postsecondary education, representing about two percent of... Continue Reading
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Fulfilling America’s Promise: Briefing with Senator Dick Durbin on Dream Act and Immigration Reform

On February 26, 2021, the American Business Immigration Coalition and United We Dream co-hosted “Fulfilling America’s Promise: Briefing with Senator Dick Durbin on Dream Act and Immigration Reform.” During the event, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-sponsor of the bipartisan Dream Act with Senator Lindsey Graham (R-S.C.) gave an update on the legislation and answered questions from advocates, university presidents and CEOs. The Presidents’ Alliance co-sponsored the event. Watch the video here.   Continue Reading
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Florida Thriving: Florida IMPAC Summit for Immigration Reform

On February 25, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition to sponsor “Florida Thriving: Florida IMPAC Summit for Immigration Reform.” The Summit provided the opportunity to hear directly from elected officials, business leaders, Dreamers and Essential Workers on how commonsense, bipartisan immigration solutions can help us rebuild, recover and thrive. Watch the video here. See the speaker list here. Continue Reading
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New England Business Immigration Summit

On February 19, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition to host the New England Business Immigration Summit, featuring Sens. Markey and King and Harvard President Bacow and Colby College President Green. The focus of the summit was to educate, engage and motivate a broad group of business, university and elected leaders to advance sensible federal immigration reform in 2021 that addresses the problems, not just the symptoms, including high and low skilled visas, agricultural visas... Continue Reading
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Rethinking Tuition for Undocumented Students Through Interstate Tuition Agreements (ITAs): A Way Forward?

Substantial hurdles remain for undocumented students to access and graduate from higher education institutions. These hurdles include being barred from enrolling in public institutions in three states (Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina) and facing restrictions on accessing in-state tuition in five more states (Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin). As a result, it is important to identify additional pathways for undocumented students to access higher education opportunities. One route could be through inter-state tuition agreements (ITAs), which offer students,... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Hearing on the U.S. Immigration System and the Need for Bold Reforms

On February 11, 2021, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a Hearing on the U.S. Immigration System and the Need for Bold Reforms. In support of this hearing, the Presidents’ Alliance submitted its statement for the record. Read the full statement below. Statement for the Record for Hearing on the U.S. Immigration System and the Need for Bold Reforms Continue Reading
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Letter to Secretary Mayorkas Regarding Recommendations on Domestic and International Students

Letter to Secretary Mayorkas Regarding Recommendations on Domestic and International Students Transmitted electronically February 9, 2021 The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Nebraska Avenue Complex 3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20395 Re: Recommendations on Domestic Immigrant and International Students Dear Secretary Mayorkas: On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we write to congratulate you on your confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provide policy, regulatory,... Continue Reading
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Overview of President Biden’s Immigration Reform Legislation in Regards to Higher Education and Student Immigrants

On day one of his presidency, the Biden administration announced its plans to send an immigration reform bill to Congress for consideration, the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021. There will likely be other immigration efforts and vehicles of reform in addition to this bill in the coming weeks. Though we will not have the bill text until it is introduced, the Biden transition team released a fact sheet summarizing the bill’s content. The bill will be introduced in the Senate... Continue Reading
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Letter to Acting Education Secretary Rosenfelt on COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Immigrant Students

On January 29, 2021, we sent a letter to Acting Education Secretary Rosenfelt to request clarification that new COVID-19 emergency relief grants are available to undocumented students. Letter to Acting Education Secretary Rosenfelt on COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Immigrant Students Delivered electronically to phil.rosenfelt@ed.gov January 29, 2021 The Honorable Phil Rosenfelt Acting Secretary of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Acting Secretary Rosenfelt: We write on behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration to... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: What’s Next?: The Future of DACA in Regards to Litigation, Executive Action & Legislation

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and TheDream.US hosted a briefing for members, partners, and advocates to provide information on the future of DACA. The briefing shared the latest updates on President Biden’s executive actions and legislative proposal relating to DACA and Dreamer students, as well as on the Fifth Circuit legal challenge that threatens the continued existence of DACA. Speakers discussed how we expect DACA to change under the Biden-Harris administration, the efforts to expand protections and... Continue Reading
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Overview of Biden Executive Actions on Immigration Related to Higher Education and Students

Introduction President Joe Biden announced executive actions on immigration, many of which will impact immigrant and international students, staff, and faculty in higher education. These actions include a variety of mechanisms, including presidential proclamations, executive orders, and memoranda, that direct agencies to issue regulations, review processes, or update existing guidance. The Presidents’ Alliance created this resource to provide a guide to those executive actions with specific implications for immigrant and international populations in higher education. Executive Actions Preserving and Fortifying... Continue Reading
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Directory of Major Immigration Developments and Recommendations During First 100 Days of Biden Administration

This page contains an overview of some of the key recommendations, proposals, and developments that occurred or were transmitted during the the first 100 days of President Joe Biden’s administration. Recommendations and Proposals Comment in Response to USCIS’ Request for Information on Barriers to Benefits and Legalization (May 18, 2021) Will the U.S. State Department be Prepared to Welcome International Students in the United States (May 2021) Legislative Recommendations for Welcoming International Students: Policies to Grow the U.S. Economy and... Continue Reading
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Legislative Recommendations Regarding Immigrant Students, Higher Education Access, Federal Financial Aid, and Professional and Occupational Licensure

The nonpartisan, nonprofit Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration brings college and university presidents and chancellors together on the immigration issues that impact higher education; immigrant and international students, alumni, faculty, and staff; and our campuses, communities, and country. The Presidents’ Alliance, which is composed of approximately 500 presidents and chancellors of public and private colleges and universities in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, works to advance immigration policies and practices that are consistent with our heritage as... Continue Reading
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Letter to President-Elect Biden and Secretary-Designate Mayorkas with DACA Recommendations

On December 21, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US sent a letter to the incoming administration with their top recommendations to improve and expand DACA. Letter to President-Elect Biden and Secretary-Designate Alejandro Mayorkas with DACA Recommendations December 21, 2020 President-Elect Joseph R. Biden Biden-Harris Transition 1401 Constitution Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C., 20230 Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary-Designate U.S. Department of Homeland Security Biden-Harris Transition 1401 Constitution Avenue N.W. Washington, D.C., 20230 Re: Recommendations Regarding Policy, Guidance, and FAQ Improvements for Deferred Action... Continue Reading
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President-elect Joe Biden’s Platform and Statements on Higher Education and Immigration

A Biden-Harris administration promises a new direction for many of the immigration issues prioritized by higher education, and higher education associations and institutions largely welcome the incoming administration. President-Elect Joe Biden has promised that his administration will restore DACA; roll back the immigration priorities and policies of the Trump administration; propose an immigration bill within the first 100 days; and generally approach international students in higher education in a more open fashion, both as they continue their studies and seek... Continue Reading
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Executive and Administrative Immigration and Higher Education Actions

This document outlines higher education and immigration-related executive and administrative actions for the incoming Biden/Harris administration. The ​Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration​ calls on the incoming administration to consider these actions within its first 100 days. We may continue to update this document as necessary. Executive and Administrative Immigration and Higher Education Actions Continue Reading
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BRIEFING: First and Second Generation Immigrant Students in Higher Education: What Campus Leaders Need to Know — Crucial Stakes for Higher Education and Our Country

This one-hour briefing provided in-depth coverage of a new Presidents’ Alliance-commissioned and Migration Policy Institute-produced report on the number of first and second generation immigrant students in higher education. The report reveals the significant impact of immigration policy on college enrollments, the implications of immigrant student demographics for addressing racial equity, and the importance of immigrant students in degree attainment and workforce development goals in states across the country. The briefing was cosponsored by the Presidents’ Alliance and the Community... Continue Reading
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Promise Programs: An Avenue to Expand College Affordability, Access, and Success for Undocumented Students

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, in partnership with Research for Action, published a fact sheet, Postsecondary Education and Undocumented Students, that examines how College Promise programs can help advance affordability, access, and success for undocumented students. The fact sheet demonstrates how Promise programs, which typically offer funding to cover at least tuition costs after all other gift aid is applied, are an underused avenue of support for undocumented students and could provide an affordable pathway to a... Continue Reading
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Immigrant-Origin Students in U.S. Higher Education

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration commissioned a Migration Policy Institute-produced report, Immigrant-Origin Students in U.S. Higher Education, demonstrating that in 2018 more than 5.3 million students, or 28% of all students enrolled in colleges and universities, were immigrants or the children of immigrants. The report’s findings reveal the growing proportion of first and second generation immigrant students in postsecondary education, the diversity of these students, and their importance for future U.S. labor growth. The report’s findings also show... Continue Reading
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New Report: New Administration Policy Will Reduce Number of DACA Recipients Through Higher Cost, Delays, and Denials

On September 29, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US released a new report, Discouraging and Denying Renewals: An Assessment on the Impact of the July 2020 DHS Memorandum on DACA, which surveyed close to 1,800 DACA recipients to assess the impact of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new DACA policies. You can read the full report here, our press release here, and supplemental narratives here. Key takeaways from the report include: The majority of survey respondents (62 percent) said that the... Continue Reading
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Congress must include immigrant workers and students in next round of COVID relief

Thousands of work authorized immigrants are risking their health as essential workers to keep our country running during a pandemic, so why has federal coronavirus relief written off immigrant workers and students? With the start of school well underway on campuses and in communities, it is incumbent on Congress to support all workers, students, and families harmed by the continuing pandemic. The next legislation responding to COVID-19 must prioritize automatically extending work authorization and the underlying status for all work-authorized... Continue Reading
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Letters to Congressional Leadership on Extension of Employment Authorization in Fourth COVID-19 Legislative Package

On August 13, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration sent letters to Senate and House leadership to ask for extensions of employment authorization for work-authorized immigrants in the next COVID-19 relief package. Presidents’ Alliance Letter to Senate Leadership on Extension of Employment Authorization Presidents’ Alliance Letter to House Leadership on Extension of Employment Authorization August 13, 2020 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Speaker U.S. House of Representatives 1705 Longworth House Office Bldg. Washington, D.C. 20515 The Honorable Steny... Continue Reading
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Stealth Rescission: An Analysis of the Impact of the Secretary’s July 2020 Memorandum on DACA

On July 28, 2020, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a memorandum detailing several significant changes to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. This memorandum reduced renewals to one-year, expressly prohibited the adjudication of initial requests and advance parole requests. These changes, however, have significant implications on continued existence and administration of DACA, likely leading to a functional end for most applicants. In effect, the memorandum serves to double the workload of DACA adjudication at U.S. Citizenship... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: Responding to the Administration’s New Efforts to Dismantle DACA

The briefing addressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo, recent court developments, what higher education leaders and campuses need to know, how we can best support undocumented students and DACA recipients, and actions we can take now. The briefing featured leading immigration, legal, and advocacy experts and crucial campus voices, including the perspective of campus leaders and DACA recipients, and the practical, institutional actions and advocacy steps campuses can take to support these students. View Recorded Video Download... Continue Reading
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Toolkit for Higher Ed Institutions to Respond to DACA Rescission 2.0

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration prepared this toolkit to support colleges and universities in their response to the administration’s attempt to dismantle Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for a second time. This toolkit contains sample press statements, quotes, tweets, campus messages, and links to helpful resources. You can utilize this toolkit to issue statements, social media, in collaboration with our Template State Delegation Letter for Higher Ed Institutions to Support DACA Recipients and in other messaging and advocacy. Continue Reading
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Talking Points: Trump Administration Limits DACA Protections

The Presidents’ Alliance developed the following talking points in response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memorandum issued on July 28, 2020 to limit DACA protections. The talking points note the importance of DACA and that Congress must pass a permanent, legislative solution to protect young undocumented immigrants, including DACA recipients, from deportation and allow them to contribute fully to the U.S. Under the memo, DHS will reject all new (initial) DACA applications; and grant DACA renewals, including... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Hearing on Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

On July 29, 2020, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a Hearing on Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. In support of this hearing, the Presidents’ Alliance submitted its statement for the record. Read the full statement below. Presidents’ Alliance Statement for Hearing on Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Continue Reading
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Template State Delegation Letter for Higher Ed Institutions to Support DACA Recipients

The Presidents’ Alliance developed this template state delegation letter for institutions of higher education to adapt and send to congressional delegations in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in response to the administration’s July 28, 2020, attempt to dismantle DACA in response to the June 18, 2020, Supreme Court decision holding that the initial rescission was unlawful. The template letter considers the current COVID-19 crisis and recent court decisions, highlights DACA and undocumented student demographics and economic contributions, shares... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance and Member Comments on CARES Act Financial Grants

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Higher Ed Guide to Tuition, Financial Aid & Other Funding for Undocumented Students

The following resource provides an overview of in-state tuition, state financial aid, and other funding policies and opportunities at both public and private institutions for undocumented graduate and undergraduate students. This resource provides actions public and private colleges and universities can take to expand and grow higher education access and funding for undocumented students, especially if Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) is ended by the Trump administration for a second time. Higher Ed Guide to Tuition, Financial Aid &... Continue Reading
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Higher Education Template Comment for CARES Act Emergency Grant Exclusions

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Template for Institutions to Submit Comment for Emergency Financial Grant Rule

We partnered with Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education and TheDream.US to create Higher Education Template Comment for CARES Act Emergency Grant Exclusions, a new template that your institution can utilize to submit a comment in response to the U.S. Department of Education proposed interim final rule excluding DACA recipients and undocumented students from the emergency financial grants under the CARES Act. We encourage your institution to adapt this template and submit a comment by July 17, 2020. Template for Institutions to Submit Comment for Emergency Financial Grant... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief: Ending DACA Would Limit Access to Higher Education in Ten States

This policy brief examines the impact of ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on access to higher education in ten states. The brief notes that ending DACA would potentially block thousands of current DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals from either enrolling in public institutions or being eligible for in-state tuition in the ten states. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 18, 2020 to maintain DACA in place. However, the Supreme Court’s decision does not preclude the Trump administration... Continue Reading
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Letter on Recommendations for the Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package to Support International, DACA, and Undocumented Students

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Talking Points: Supreme Court Decision on DACA

The Presidents’ Alliance developed the following talking points in response to the Supreme Court decision on June 18, 2020 that held the rescission of DACA by the administration was unlawful. The talking points note that the Supreme Court decision will have a positive impact on DACA recipients, our communities, and our nation. Talking Points: Supreme Court Decision on DACA Presidents’ Alliance Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision Finding Administration’s Rescission of DACA Was Unlawful   Continue Reading
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Quick Guide to Immigration Issues on Campus – 2020

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Higher Education Guide to Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

This resource provides guidelines and suggestions for higher education institutions who wish to establish and implement funding and experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate undocumented students. The guide compares admissions and funding opportunities for undocumented students and DACA recipients, provides an overview of funding and financial aid options, and describes non-employee-based student funding opportunities. Higher Education Guide to Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: How to Create Non-Employment Based Fellowships and Other Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

This in-depth webinar helped college administrators and faculty explore options to create non-employment-based fellowships and other funding options for undocumented students. Speakers addressed support for undocumented students, funding options, research and teaching fellowship structures, internship opportunities, and other initiatives. Following overviews on funding options and types of fellowship structures, administrators and faculty at public and private institutions discussed programs they have set up and lessons learned. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Lauren Cardenas, Assistant Director, Marshall Undergraduate Career... Continue Reading
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Directory of Presidents’ Alliance Resources to Support DACA recipients, Undocumented Students, Dream Legislation, and Institutions of Higher Education

This page contains a list of all of the Presidents’ Alliance’s materials, including resources, advocacy tools, and best practices, to help institutions of higher education to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, undocumented students, and other Dreamers. Campus Resources & Effective Practices Register for the 2024 SUCCESS Convening (March 2024) 5 Things Colleges and Universities can do in the Wake of the Fifth Circuit’s Decision on DACA (September 2023) Leveraging Advance Parole to Support DACA Recipients as DACA... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: COVID-19 Crisis and the Impact on Undocumented/DACA Students and Their Families: What Campus Leaders Need to Know

This one-hour briefing featured immigration, legal, policy, and student support experts who addressed the issues affecting undocumented and DACAmented students and their families, the applicability of COVID-19 legislation and other relief measures to undocumented immigrant populations and DACA recipients in particular, the impact of government immigration-related actions in the wake of the crisis, and emergent student needs. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Ur Jaddou, Director, DHS Watch,... Continue Reading
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Report: Undocumented Students in Higher Education: How Many Students are in U.S. Colleges and Universities, and Who Are They?

On April 16, 2020, we partnered with New American Economy to release the first full analysis of how many undocumented students are pursuing higher education in the United States. Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Toolkit to Prepare for the Supreme Court’s Decision on DACA

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USCIS Releases DACA Data and Statistics as of March 31, 2020

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Letter to DHS and DOS on Supporting DACA Recipients and International Students in Light of COVID-19

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FAQs for Campuses on Immigration Enforcement and Site Visits

The purpose of this set of FAQs is to address questions that arose with regard to the obligations of institutions in the case of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids (known as “enforcement operations”) or site visits, and how campuses can protect members of the campus community. Download the FAQ. Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: Alternative Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students: How Colleges Can Help

This March 4, 2020 webinar was designed specifically for campus staff and faculty who want to understand and explore the career, income and funding options open to undocumented students and alumni who may not have work authorization. Undocumented people without DACA or TPS can have a career and earn a living. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials (including Power Point Slides) Speakers Vanessa Bransburg, Senior Managing Director, Democracy at Work Institute Jose Higuera Lopez, Deputy Director, The Mexican Studies Institute... Continue Reading
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Campus Checklist to Prepare for Court Decisions on DACA

On December 4, 2020, a federal district court ruled in Batalla v. Trump that the Trump administration must restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to its original terms. The court’s decision rescinds the most recent memorandum that severely limited and undermined DACA, effectively restoring the terms and eligibility of the original 2012 DACA memo. Though the court’s decision is positive news, there is another court case by state’s attorney generals in the Southern District of Texas that threatens the... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: Alternative Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students

This recorded webinar is geared for students and alumni who may not have DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and for those who do hold these statuses but worry that it might end. No matter what comes, there are options! On campus, you may be eligible for research, learning or teaching fellowships that are not employment-based or scholarships providing funding for your education and living expenses. And, beyond campus, undocumented people without DACA or TPS can pursue careers and incomes,... Continue Reading
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Bipartisan Congressional Letter to Acting DHS Secretary Chad Wolf Encourages Expansion of HSAAC Outreach

On February 11, 2020, 51 Representatives from both sides of the aisle submitted a letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf to encourage the expansion of the Homeland Security Academic Advisory Council’s outreach. See below the link to the letter. Letter to Acting Homeland Security Secretary Chad Wolf Continue Reading
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USCIS Releases DACA Data and Statistics as of December 31, 2019

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Quick Guide to Immigration Issues on Campus – 2020

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Expanding Eligibility for Professional and Occupational Licensing for Immigrants

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Presidents’ Alliance and Member Comments on Increased Immigration Fees

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Top 5 FAQs for Public and Private Colleges and Universities

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Institutional Admission and Financial Aid Policies for Undocumented Students Among Highly Ranked Institutions

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Steering Committee Letter to Senate on Protecting Dreamers and TPS & DED Holders

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USCIS Releases Updated DACA Data and Statistics as of April 30, 2019

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Alliance and CCCIE Comment on HUD’s Proposed Housing Rule for Mixed-Status Families

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The Dream and Promise Act and Implications for Higher Education

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Steering Committee Vote Recommendation on the Dream and Promise Act of 2019

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An Undocumented Student Guide To College in Michigan

In the summer of 2019, a coalition of education and immigration organizations in Michigan released an updated guide for undocumented students seeking to attend college. Since summer 2018, the group has hosted two large meetings to discuss advancing resources and centralizing support services and information for the undocumented population in the state. One of the updated resources is the Undocumented Student Guide to College in Michigan. This guide is geared towards undocumented students and their families, with a focus on preparing... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Markup of the Dream and Promise Act

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Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee Letter in Support of Pell and Section 505 Repeal in Dream and Promise Act

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Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee Letter in Support of Dream Act of 2019 and SECURE Act

The Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a letter to the U.S. Senate supporting the Dream Act of 2019 and the SECURE Act and urging their immediate passage. For the text of the letter, see below. Steering Committee Letter in Support of Dream Act of 2019 and SECURE Act April 24, 2019 U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Senator: As the Steering Committee for the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration (Presidents’ Alliance), we write in strong support of the... Continue Reading
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Migration Policy Institute Fact Sheet on Number of Dreamers Graduating from High School

  On April 24, 2019, the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) released a new fact sheet: How Many Unauthorized Immigrants Graduate from U.S. High Schools Annually? The research was commissioned by the Presidents’ Alliance. Fact Sheet on Immigrants Graduating from High School Continue Reading
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Hispanic National Bar Association: DREAMer Initiative

The Hispanic National Bar Association created a toolkit to empower advocates, lawyers, students, and others to expand equal access to financial aid for Dreamers through private, state, and institutional actors. The toolkit provides the resources and tools to: Encourage private scholarships and foundations to rescind any “citizenship” requirement. Educate state legislature on the importance of Dreamer-friendly laws, especially around higher education access and tuition. Contact alma matters and other educational institutions and encourage them to adopt Dreamer-friendly admission and financial aid policies. Download the... Continue Reading
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USCIS Releases Updated DACA Data and Statistics as of Jan. 31, 2019

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A Successful First National Convening for the Presidents’ Alliance

On April 1, 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration held its first national convening in Washington, D.C. The Convening brought together college and university presidents and chancellors and other campus leadership from over forty institutions along with key partners, policy and legal experts, immigration coalition leaders, and researchers. At the convening, participants shared campus priorities and pressing challenges, gained critical knowledge and tools, and brainstormed strategies with key leaders in the field. The ideas and feedback... Continue Reading
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VIDEO: College Presidents with Undocumented Students Series #2: Eastern Connecticut State University

The College Presidents with Undocumented Students Series features college presidents who have worked with their students, staff, and faculty to build effective best practices for undocumented students on their college campuses. This series aims to build a culture across the higher education sector around the importance of creating and building best practices for undocumented students. Below, President Elsa Núñez, member of the Presidents’ Alliance, speaks to the importance of welcoming undocumented students. Blog Post about Film: https://mydocumentedlife.org/2019/02/28/journey-from-locked-out-states-to-a-college-education-spotlight-on-eastern-connecticut-state-university-with-thedream-us-program/ UndocuScholars: http://www.undocuscholars.org/ Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee Letter in Support of Dream and Promise Act of 2019

This week, the Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives supporting H.R. 6, Dream and Promise Act of 2019 and urging its immediate passage. For the text of the letter, see below. Steering Committee Letter in Support of Dream and Promise Act of 2019 March 27, 2019 U.S. House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Member of the U.S. House of Representatives: As the Steering Committee for the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and... Continue Reading
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Audio Recording for Presidents’ Alliance Briefing on Dream and Promise Act

On March 14, 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance held a telephonic briefing for members to provide an overview, analysis, and next steps regarding H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. The briefing included partners from FWD.us and a Deferred Enforced Departure recipient and PhD student, Yatta Kiazolu. The briefing also contained presentations from Presidents’ Alliance staff. To download the zip file containing the audio of the briefing, click below. 2019-03-14 Audio Recording of Member Briefing on Dream 2019_STREAMLINED Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Commends Rep. Roybal-Allard’s Introduction of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: March 12, 2019 CONTACT: Jose Magaña-Salgado, jose@masadc.com   Presidents’ Alliance Commends Rep. Roybal-Allard’s Introduction of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019 Bill Would Establish Roadmap to Citizenship for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status Holders   Washington, D.C. – The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration (“Alliance”) commends the introduction of H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019; and applauds the leadership of Rep. Roybal-Allard; Rep. Nydia Velázquez; and Rep. Yvette D. Clarke.... Continue Reading
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Learning Circle – Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College: Learning from Higher Ed Innovators

Income Sharing Agreements: An emerging model to help DREAMers pay for their education and build a sustainable funding model A presentation by Kevin James, President of Better Future Forward, on the use of Income Sharing Agreements to help undocumented students pay for college A discussion with Matthew Gianneschi, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Mountain College, and Ricshawn Adkins Roane, Chief of Staff, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on why and how they have adopted their versions of the ISA model Financial Aid... Continue Reading
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Learning Circle – Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College: Learning from Higher Ed Innovators

Income Sharing Agreements: An emerging model to help DREAMers pay for their education and build a sustainable funding model A presentation by Kevin James, President of Better Future Forward, on the use of Income Sharing Agreements to help undocumented students pay for college A discussion with Matthew Gianneschi, Chief Operating Officer, Colorado Mountain College, and Ricshawn Adkins Roane, Chief of Staff, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation on why and how they have adopted their versions of the ISA model Financial Aid... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for House Judiciary Committee Hearing on Dreamers and TPS

On March 6, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives held a committee hearing on Protecting Dreamers and TPS Recipients. As part of this hearing, the Committee heard from a diverse panel of witnesses outlining the urgent need to enact permanent protections for Dreamers, including DACA recipients, and TPS holders. In support of this hearing, the Presidents’ Alliance submitted its statement for the record, which contains the legislative principles, especially in the higher education sphere, that... Continue Reading
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Joint Statement of Support for Higher Education Dream Act of 2019

For Immediate Release: February 15, 2019 Contact: Jose Magana-Salgado jose@masadc.com Today, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, TheDream.US, NAFSA: Association of International Educators, National Association for College Admission Counseling, and the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education express their support of Rep. John Lewis and Rep. Ruben Gallego’s recently introduced Higher Education Dream Act of 2019. The Higher Education Dream Act represents a bold and critically needed step to fulfill America’s promise of education and opportunity to immigrant... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Urges Congressional Leadership to Come Together to Resolve DACA and TPS Crisis

The Steering Committee sent a letter to Congressional leadership to request permanent protections for DACA recipients and TPS holders. Re: Permanent Legislative Protections for DACA Recipients and TPS Holders February 4, 2019 Representative Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives Room H-232, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Representative Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Room H-204, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Senator Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Room S-230, The Capitol... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Statement on the Supreme Court Action Regarding DACA

Washington, DC – Today’s news from the Supreme Court underscores that Congress needs to act to address the status and futures of our Dreamer students, alumni, and community members. While we are gratified that the Court has not taken action on the government’s petition to hear the DACA cases at this time, Dreamers on our campuses and in our communities still face an urgent situation. Only Congress, acting in a bipartisan manner, can enact a permanent solution that protects DACA... Continue Reading
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Talking Points on The Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6

Talking Points on The Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6 Talking points on the Dream and Promise Act, including messaging explaining who would be able to obtain relief under the bill, economic benefits, and the importance of in-state tuition. These talking points are part of the Alliance’s toolkit on the Dream and Promise Act. Talking Points on Dream and Promise Act Continue Reading
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Higher Education and Immigration Voices Call on Congress to Deliver Bipartisan Solution for DREAMers

A Joint Statement from TheDream.US and the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Washington, DC – The following is a joint statement from TheDream.US and The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration on the need for Congress to pass legislation addressing DREAMers’ unresolved crisis. TheDream.US is the nation’s largest college access and success program for immigrant youth, having provided more than 4,000 scholarships to students with DACA and TPS at more than 75 partner colleges in 15 states... Continue Reading
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Supporting Undocumented Students via Resource Centers: What Institutions can Learn from New Research and Best Practices

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, TheDream.US, and the UndocuScholars Project at UCLA co-sponsored this webinar presenting the findings of two new studies: “In Their Own Words, Higher Education, DACA & TPS: Results from a National Survey of TheDream.US Scholars;” and “Undocumented Student Resource Centers (USRCs): Institutional Supports for Undocumented Students.” Leaders from USRCs discuss their effective practices and how to start, run, and sustain these centers. Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration’s Statement on Texas DACA Ruling

Washington, D.C.— We were gratified to learn of District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling today which means that DACA renewals will continue for now. This is important news for students, campuses, and communities across the country. We strongly encourage DACA recipients who are eligible to renew to do so. But, this relief should not be temporary. As leaders of higher education institutions that collectively educate over 4 million students we can clearly state: DACA works. It has allowed those brought to... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance joined HACU and others to send a letter to Speaker of the House Ryan calling for legislation that supports Dreamers and protects family unity

Organizational Letter in Opposition to Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 (H.R. 6136) June 21, 2018 The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker United States House of Representatives H-232, The Capitol Washington, D.C. 20515 Re: Opposition to Border Security and Immigration Reform Act of 2018 (H.R. 6136) Dear Speaker Ryan: On behalf of the undersigned organizations that collectively represent tens of millions of Americans in higher education and civil society, we write to express our strong opposition to the Border... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance sends a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to “bring to a vote bipartisan immigration bills that will permanently protect Dreamers and upholds our values”

June 19, 2018 Urgent Call to Congress: Bring to a Vote Bipartisan Immigration Bills that Will Permanently Protect Dreamers and Uphold our Values This week, the House of Representatives is considering a vote on two partisan immigration measures. After careful review, we cannot support either. Both proposals fall far short for our Dreamer students and alumni, while incorporating provisions that would radically alter our immigration system in ways that do not serve our nation’s long-term interests or the demands of... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance calls on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers

Letter to Congress Urging Bipartisan Legislation to Grant DACA Recipients Permanent Relief and a Path to Citizenship TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE U.S. SENATE: We write in strong support of the efforts being made by members of the House of Representatives to bring bipartisan legislation to the floor that would provide a permanent relief and a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 700,000 current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) recipients. Indeed, we call... Continue Reading
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Press Release: More than 70 U.S. Colleges and Universities Join in Supporting the Legal Challenge to the Administration’s Ending DACA

More than 70 member institutions of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration have signed onto an amicus brief filed yesterday supporting plaintiffs who are challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) program. This “friend of the court” brief presents evidence of the vital role that the DACA program plays at the institutions and beyond, enabling thousands of previously undocumented students to successfully pursue a college degree while contributing significantly to their... Continue Reading
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FAQ: Higher Education Access and Undocumented Students

This FAQ provides an overview of differences in enrollment procedure for “international students” and undocumented students, and ways for administrators to be sensitive to undocumented student’s needs. FAQs on Higher Education Access and Undocumented Students Continue Reading
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FAQ: Employment Practices Regarding DACA Beneficiaries (For Higher Ed Institutions)

This FAQ provides information on Employment Authorization Documents and I-9s that enable non-citizen students, including those with DACA and F1 visas, to work. FAQs on Employment Authorization Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance urges Congress to pass a legislative solution to protect Dreamers

Letter to Congressional Leadership re: Bipartisan Legislation to Protect Dreamers February 12, 2018 The Honorable Paul Ryan Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives Room H-305, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Room H-204, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 The Honorable Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Room S-230, The Capitol Washington, DC 20510 The Honorable Chuck Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate Room S-221, The Capitol... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance urges Congress to pass a legislative solution to protect Dreamers

Letter to Congress Urging Legislative Protections for Dreamers January 11, 2018 Representative Paul Ryan Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives Room H-305, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Representative Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Room H-204, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Senator Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Room S-230, The Capitol Washington, DC 20510 Senator Chuck Schumer Minority Leader United States Senate Room S-221, The Capitol Washington, DC 20510 Dear Speaker Ryan,... Continue Reading