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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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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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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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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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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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Letter Supporting Extension and Redesignation of Temporary Protected Status for Cameroon

Letter Supporting Extension and Redesignation of Temporary Protected Status for Cameroon The Presidents’ Alliance signed on to a letter urging the Department of Homeland Security to extend and redesignate Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Cameroon. Such action provide critical humanitarian protections to people who, if deported, would be at imminent risk of harm or death. Read the letter here.           Continue Reading
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Letter Supporting an Expanded Work Permit Automatic Extension

Letter Supporting an Expanded Work Permit Automatic Extension The Presidents’ Alliance signed on to a letter urging the Department of Homeland Security to expand the automatic extension of work authorization for immigrants with pending work permit renewal applications. Such action would prevent thousands of immigrants from losing their jobs, providing security to workers and businesses and promoting long-term social and economic stability. Providing automatic extensions for all immigrants with pending renewal applications could mitigate the work permit backlog and ease... 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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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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Jill on the Hill: US visa policy trends – we can do better

The original column was published on The PieNews on July 26, 2023. The article can be accessed here Jill on the Hill: US visa policy trends – we can do better by Jill Welch The renowned poet Maya Angelou said, “Do the best you can until you know better. Then when you know better, do better.” Newly released data has revealed that qualified international students from the African continent are routinely being denied visas to study on US campuses at disproportionally higher rates than students from other areas... Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources: The Interview of A Lifetime: An analysis of Visa Denials and International student flows to the U.S.

On Wednesday, July 26, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “The Interview of A Lifetime: An analysis of Visa Denials and International student flows to the U.S.“. Presidents’ Alliance and Shorelight, released a new research report on the visa denial trends for prospective international students. This new research report sheds light on the visa denial trends for prospective international students, particularly focusing on students from the Global South, with a special emphasis on the African continent. The report... Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources: Understanding TPS & SSR Options: Implications For Students & Institutions

On Thursday, June 22, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “Understanding TPS & SSR Options: Implications For Students & Institutions“, co-sponsored by NAFSA. With an uptick in the use of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) as a humanitarian protection, higher education institutions had been inquiring how to help students navigate this status and Special Student Relief (SSR). This webinar provided an overview of Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and Special Student Relief (SSR) as they impact students and higher... 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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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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Webinar: Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed, PART 2: Building On Campus Support for Refugee Students

On Wednesday, December 7, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a webinar, Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed, PART 2: Building On Campus Support for Refugee Students. Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Education provided an overview of resources and effective practices for campuses to enroll and support refugee students, focused specifically on refugee students on F1 student visas and humanitarian parole. The webinar series covered a broad range of... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Limited Access: The Landscape of In-State Tuition for Displaced Students

On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with Refugee Advocacy Lab, World Education Services (WES), and National Association of System Heads (NASH), hosted a webinar, Limited Access: The Landscape of In-State Tuition for Displaced Students. The webinar shared the findings of a new analysis conducted by IRAP and the Refugee Advocacy Lab on access to in-state tuition for refugees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIVs) holders, humanitarian parolees, asylees, asylum-seekers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders across all 50 states.... 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 – 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 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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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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Comment Letter: U.S. Department of State: Proposed Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services-Nonimmigrant and Special Visa Fees, RIN 1400-AF33

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration submitted a comment letter in response to the request for public input from the U.S. Department of State: Proposed Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services-Nonimmigrant and Special Visa Fees, RIN 1400-AF33, on proposed adjustment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule of Fees) of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) for several nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, the Border Crossing Card for Mexican citizens age 15 and over, and... 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 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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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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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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Statement for the Record for House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Hearing re: How Outdated U.S. Immigration Policies Push Top Talent to Other Countries

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

The exchange of people and ideas is necessary to ensure we have the expertise needed to fight the next global threat or pandemic, and international students are vital contributors to our knowledge and innovation agenda. Our graduate science programs, in particular, are dependent on the presence of international students and scholars. Both of the vaccines first approved for use in the United States were developed with internationally collaborative science and with the help of foreign students and immigrants. And we... 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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May 17 Launch Meeting: Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students

On May 17, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with other partners, hosted an inaugural strategy meeting on how to significantly increase refugee student access and entry into the U.S. to pursue higher education. The meeting marked the launch of an initiative to mobilize higher education leadership to advocate for, design, and engage in a university sponsorship pilot program (see our March letter to the administration) to admit and support refugee students and pursue other initiatives to increase refugee student entry... 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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Letter from Coalition of Organizations to Secretary of State and HHS on University Sponsorship of Refugees

Letter from Coalition of Organizations to Secretary of State and HHS on University Sponsorship of Refugees March 9, 2021 The Honorable Antony Blinken U.S. Department of State Office of the Secretary Room 7226 Harry S. Truman Building 2201 C. Street, N.W. Washington, D.C. 20520 The Honorable Norris Cochran The U.S. Department of Health & Human Services Office of the Secretary Hubert H. Humphrey Building 200 Independence Avenue, S.W. Washington, D.C. 20201 Dear Secretary Blinken and Acting Secretary Cochran: On behalf... 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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BRIEFING: Refugee Advocacy and Higher Education Access

  Earlier this month, the Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a convening with the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Rutgers Global on Refugee Advocacy and Higher Education Access. Participants discussed ways they can get involved as advocates for increasing educational opportunities for refugees living in and outside of the United States. View recorded video. View agenda and speaker list. 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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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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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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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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Presidents’ Alliance Comment Opposing New Proposed Duration of Status Rules

On October 26, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance of Higher Education and Immigration submitted a comment in opposition to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) new proposed rule eliminating duration of status for international students. Presidents’ Alliance Comment Opposing New Proposed Duration of Status Rules 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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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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Letter Requesting Extended Comment Period for New Proposed Duration of Status Rule

On October 8, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration led 90 organizations, ranging from higher education institutions to national organizations, in submitting a letter to acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership to request an extended 60-day comment period on DHS’s new proposed rule on duration of status. On October 26, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) replied, declining to extend the comment period. Letter Requesting Extended Comment Period for New Proposed Duration of Status... 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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Immigration and Education – NP Omnibus Results for August 2020

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NP Strategy Group present new polling on higher education and immigration that shows support for COVID-19 relief measures for immigrant workers and students. Review the findings here. 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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Presidents’ Alliance and Member Comments on CARES Act Financial Grants

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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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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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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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WEBINAR: COVID-19 Briefing: How International & Immigrant Populations in Higher Education are Impacted, What Campuses Leaders Need to Know

This one-hour briefing featured immigration, legal, and policy experts who addressed the legal and regulatory issues impacting international students, scholars and others in higher education, outstanding questions for campuses, and the impact of recent government immigration-related actions in the wake of the COVID-19 crisis. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Alan Cramb, President, Illinois Institute of Technology Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Jose Magaña-Salgado, Director of Policy and Communications, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: Higher Education and Immigration Public Charge: What Colleges Need to Know

Now that the new federal regulation on immigration public charge is taking effect, college and university administrators are scrambling to answer questions from students, faculty and other staff about how the new rule will affect them. This timely, informative webinar will provide a basic overview of the new rule and how it is reshaping the green-card application process for millions of immigrants. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director,... 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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Higher Education and the Census Projections—How the Future of Colleges and Universities Is Tied to Immigration Policy and Flows

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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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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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Fiscal Policy Institute, Presidents’ Alliance File, and Partners File Amicus Briefs in Public Charge Litigation

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Public Charge Regulation on the Way

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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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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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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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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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FAQ: Non-Employment-Based Educational Funding Opportunities

This FAQ details the process of establishing fellowships and grants available to all students, regardless of immigration status, at higher education institutions. Download the documentation. 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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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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The Presidents’ Alliance submits comment letter opposing the proposed “public charge” order

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education submit joint comment letter opposing the proposed “public charge” order. The letter expands on ten grave concerns and issues for higher education. “As educators and leaders of higher education institutions and organizations, we know that when students and their families are unable to meet core living and housing needs or face higher costs, the students are less likely to pursue and continue with their... 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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Higher Education Leaders Call Proposed “Public Charge” Rule Harmful and Counterproductive for Immigrants and the Country

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed regulations that would penalize low-income immigrants, who receive or who are “likely to receive” public benefits, such as health, housing, and food assistance, that are critical to ensuring they enroll and succeed in higher education. Under the proposed rule, which substantially expands the definition of “public charge,” legally authorized immigrants who access basic nutrition, housing, and health programs, could jeopardize their chances of obtaining green cards or restrict any future opportunities to change... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Expresses Dismay with the Administration’s New Refugee Ceiling, Urges Consultation with Congress and Increase in Cap to at least 75,000

Washington, D.C.—​ This week the Administration announced that the new FY2019 refugee ceiling will be set at 30,000. This is the lowest cap since the inception of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in 1980, and woefully inadequate to meet the urgent needs of the global refugee crisis. At a time when there are nearly seventy million displaced people in the world, many of them women, children and families who have been displaced for years with no hope of returning to... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance joined Catholic Legal Immigration Network and 300+ organizations to send a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen urging Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guatemala

Over 300 national, state, and local immigrant, religious, labor, and civil rights organizations sent a letter to Kristjen Nielsen, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, asking her to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guatemala in light of recent environmental disasters. TPS provides the ability to work and protection from deportation for foreign nationals who cannot be safely returned to their home countries due to extraordinary and temporary conditions, such as an environmental disaster. Re: Request to Designate... 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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Media Release: Presidents’ Alliance calls the Executive Order on family separations “inadequate and misdirected”

The Executive Order issued yesterday that halted the Administration’s policy to separate children from their families was needed, but is inadequate and misdirected. It does not address the thousands of children who have already been separated from their families, and, indeed, its solution will lead to the increased detention of children, bringing further harm to families crossing the border. Chancellor Nancy Cantor, Rutgers University-Newark and Co-Chair of the Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee, Louis Caldera, President, and Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director... 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