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Rice hosts SUCCESS National Convening

“By hosting this event in Houston, Rice University recognizes the significance of coming together in the face of national and local uncertainty,” DesRoches said. “Texas is a home to the second largest population of undocumented persons. The state holds significance as a pioneer in adopting tuition equity policies as far back as 2001 and acting as a catalyst for other states to follow suit.” Read more from Rice University here. Continue Reading
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“Change the discourse” on value of international students in US, DHS told

“For the US to succeed, we need global talent on our campuses. When international students choose the US to earn their degrees, we all succeed,” said Jill Welch, senior policy advisor, Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. Read the full story on the PIE news here. Continue Reading
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African and South American college students face high hurdles to study in the U.S.

“A lot of people may not realize how important it is strategically for the United States to make sure that we’re welcoming students from around the globe. It’s been a major pillar of our security, our foreign policy and our economic progress,” said Jill Welch, a senior policy adviser at the Presidents’ Alliance. “The inability to secure a visa should never stand in the way of qualified students being able to pursue an educational degree in the U.S.” Read the... Continue Reading
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Trump administration wants time limits on student visas

“Miriam Feldblum, executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, says the current system makes sense and does not need such a drastic rule change. Her organization represents hundreds of university presidents across the U.S., including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. “‘It’s going to increase uncertainty for students and campuses, it’s going to increase the bureaucratic work of both the agency and institutions . . . it’s a solution in search of a problem,’ she... Continue Reading
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5 ways universities can support students in a post-DACA world

“Jose Magaña-Salgado, director of policy and communications for the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, told your host that college presidents are preparing for all possible outcomes as they wait for the Supreme Court decision, which is expected later this year, on whether the Obama-era program will continue. “The alliance estimated there are about 120,000 DACA recipients who are students in post-secondary institutions, while others are working on campuses or are recent alumni. There are about 649,070 total DACA... Continue Reading
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Universities are preparing for the future of dreamers amid DACA’s potential rollback

Narivi Roblero, a sophomore at UNC, came to the United States from Guatemala when she was six months old. “When I was growing up, I didn’t really acknowledge the fact that I was undocumented,” she said. “I knew I was undocumented, but I didn’t know what that meant.” Roblero explained that since she received Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals status when she was 15, she has felt secure in her status. Now, as she awaits the Supreme Court’s ruling on... Continue Reading
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Over 1,700 undocumented UC students will be affected by outcome of DACA case before Supreme Court

The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments both for and against the ending of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, on Nov. 12. Their ruling will impact the trajectory of the over 660,000 undocumented young adults in America who are DACA recipients. DACA started in 2012 under President Barack Obama’s administration as a program to defer deportation for immigrants who came to the U.S. without documentation as children. Recipients of DACA — a status that... Continue Reading
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Yale stands up for workplace training for international students

Yale University has joined forces with more than 100 other colleges and universities to bolster the legal defense of a pair of federal programs allowing international students in the United States to gain practical workplace training. On Nov. 21, the schools filed a joint legal brief supporting the programs, arguing that they help make the United States an attractive place for international students. Weakening or abandoning them will make it harder to attract talented students from abroad, harming students, higher... Continue Reading
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Lawrence University joins amicus brief to support international students

Today, Lawrence University joins more than 100 public and private universities and colleges in filing an amicus brief in support of a longstanding U.S. immigration program that assists international students in getting practical training with U.S. employers. The “friend of the court” brief is supportive in the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union vs. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Washtech) litigation in district court to defend the immigration program known as Optional Practical Training and its more recent expansion, STEM... Continue Reading
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PRESS RELEASE: PACE UNIVERSITY STANDS WITH OVER 110 COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES IN SUPPORT OF INTERNATIONAL STUDENTS AND OPTIONAL PRACTICAL TRAINING

NEW YORK (November 25, 2019) – A federal district court is considering whether to strike down student experiential learning programs called Optional Practical Training (OPT) and science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) OPT. Over one hundred public and private universities and colleges filed an amicus brief in the Washington Alliance of Technology Workers Union v. U.S. Department of Homeland Security (Washtech) litigation to defend the long-standing immigration program. “The Pace Path, our signature educational model, is built on a powerful combination... Continue Reading
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UO joins amicus brief in support of international students

The University of Oregon, along with more than 110 other colleges and universities, has joined an amicus brief in support of international students and a federal work program. The case, Washtech vs. Department of Human Services, involves a legal challenge to the Optional Practical Training program, a visa status that allows international students to work in their field on a temporary basis. It provides experiential learning for the UO’s international students and scholars, and it allows them to obtain practical... Continue Reading
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N.H. Colleges Among Those Defending Work Permit Program For International Students

The University of New Hampshire and SNHU, along with dozens of other colleges and universities, are defending a program that has helped attract international students. The optional practical training work permit program allows international students to temporarily work in the United States after their graduation, and it’s being threatened by a federal lawsuit. Read full article here. Continue Reading
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Google, eBay, More Rally Behind Foreign Student Training Program

A group of U.S. businesses and associations wants a federal judge in Washington to keep in place a training program for foreign nationals with STEM degrees from U.S. colleges and universities. Amazon.com Inc., Dell Technologies, eBay, Facebook, Google LLC, LinkedIn, Microsoft, and Tesla Inc. are amoung the 52 companies and 11 associations- which represent another 500 businesses- that filed a brief Nov. 25 in a long-running challenge to the optional practical training program. See full story here. Continue Reading
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The Niskanen Center’s Amicus Brief in the U.S. District Court for DC in WashTech v. DHS

Yesterday, the Niskanen Center filed an amicus brief in the WashTech v. DHS case. WashTech questions the legal basis of the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program and alleges that the workers it represents are harmed by it. In our brief, we draw attention to our findings from the research paper we released earlier this year, casting doubt on the alleged harms to natives. Read full article here. Continue Reading
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DUKE JOINS HIGHER EDUCATION AMICUS BRIEF SUPPORTING FEDERAL OPT IMMIGRATION PROGRAM

Duke has joined more than 100 colleges and universities filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief in federal court defending the federal Optional Practical Training (OPT) immigration program. OPT is a work authorization created in 1992 as part of the F-1 visa program for international students. It allows students from overseas to work in the U.S. for a year after graduation, to gain practical experience directly related to their course of study. The program was later tweaked to allow for graduates... Continue Reading
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What to Know About Optional Practical Training

MORE THAN A MILLION international students are studying at U.S. colleges and universities. For many of them, the opportunity doesn’t end after graduation thanks to the federal Optional Practical Training program, known as OPT, which for decades has allowed them to temporarily work in the U.S. Both recent graduates and current international students alike are eligible for OPT. There were 223,085 international students engaged in OPT programs in the 2018-19 academic year, an increase of nearly 10% over the prior year, according... Continue Reading
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Is OPT in Peril?

More than 100 U.S. colleges signed on to an amicus brief opposing a lawsuit that seeks to end the optional practical training program, which allows international students to work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating while staying on their student visas. Colleges say that ending the program would severely harm the ability of U.S. universities to attract international students. Other countries with which the U.S. competes for international students such as Australia and Canada offer poststudy... Continue Reading
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College leaders back OPT for international students in court fight with union

More than 100 colleges and universities are defending a foreign student work program that’s the target of a yearslong federal court battle. The “Optional Practical Training” program — known widely in education circles as OPT — has taken fire from a West Coast labor union that argues the policy was unlawfully implemented and unfairly disadvantages domestic workers. The temporary employment program allows international students to work in the United States during or after their studies, and the concept has bolstered... Continue Reading
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U.S. Supreme Court Weighs DACA’s Fate as Immigrants Rally Outside

As thousands of undocumented immigrants and their supporters rallied on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on a cold, rainy morning, their fates rested in the hands of nine justices who by some accounts on Tuesday seemed to be leaning toward allowing the protections that have kept the immigrants from deportation to end. See full article here. Continue Reading
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DACA Hits High Court: SCOTUS Deep Dive

Bloomberg Law, Case and Controversies podcast interviewed Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration’s Director of Policy and Communications, Jose Magaña- Salgado about the forthcoming SCOTUS hearing on DACA and the Alliance’s higher ed. amicus brief. Listen to the episode here. Continue Reading
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CSU SIGNS AMICUS BRIEF IN SUPPORT AS DACA HEADS TO US SUPREME COURT

The California State University system, including CSU, Chico, joined over 164 colleges and universities from across the country this month in signing an amicus brief supporting the roughly 700,000 young immigrants who came to the United States as children and who hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. This “friend of the court” brief was coordinated by the​Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration​. See full article here. Continue Reading
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Impacts of Immigration Policy in the U.S.: Supporting your International Students and Campus

As the new school year starts, many campuses may be experiencing another year of declining new international student enrollments, feeling pressure to invest more resources in international recruitment and their international student support services, putting in place new efforts and programs to address the increased concerns and anxiety voiced by their international students and scholars, or otherwise working to prepare their institutions for upcoming immigration policy developments on the horizon. See full article here. Continue Reading
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Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe University joins other colleges to support DACA case before Supreme Court

Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe University is supporting young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide on President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program. See full article here. Continue Reading
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Defending DACA

During this Supreme Court term, the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy is on the docket. Moravian College, along with 165 other colleges and universities, joined an amicus brief “urging” the Court to protect DACA. PBS39 News Tonight speaks with Moravian’s president to learn why he’s defending DACA. See full article here. Continue Reading
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Tufts signs amicus brief to oppose DACA repeal

Tufts announced that it has joined 164 other public and private universities and colleges in signing an amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court supporting the roughly 700,000 young immigrants who came to the United States as children and who hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status on Oct. 8. “Tufts stands firmly with our DACA and undocumented students, their families, and their communities, and we are committed to honoring our promises to our DACA and undocumented students,” University President Anthony Monaco said in a TuftsNow article.... Continue Reading
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CMC files brief in favor of DACA

Colorado Mountain College President and CEO Carrie Hauser issued the following statement today on the filing of an amicus brief in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals and the consolidated cases in front of the U.S. Supreme Court, urging the court to stand in support of DACA recipients: “On Oct. 4, 2019, Colorado Mountain College joined over 165 colleges and universities from across the country in signing an ​amicus brief​ supporting over 700,000 young immigrants who came to the... Continue Reading
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MEMO: More Than 1,400 Sign Briefs Backing DACA at the Supreme Court

An unprecedented array of hundreds of higher education institutions, educators, parents, health care professionals, law enforcement officials, business leaders, elected leaders, states, cities and counties, national security leaders, civil rights organizations, former government officials, academics and scholars, labor unions, legal experts, DACA recipients, and many others filed over three dozen amicus briefs urging the Supreme Court to uphold the lower court rulings that have required the Department of Homeland Security to continue processing renewal applications under the Deferred Action for... Continue Reading
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Whitman, OSU among colleges supporting Dreamers

A total of 165 colleges and universities have signed a statement supporting the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Act as a friend of the court. One of those is Whitman College in Walla Walla. “We value every student and it is my sincere hope that all students, regardless of citizenship, will have the opportunity to continue to learn, live and contribute to our community,” Whitman College President Kathleen Murray stated in an article posted on college’s website. “Without them, we... Continue Reading
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CU joins amicus brief encouraging high court to protect DACA

The University of Colorado system has signed an amicus brief urging the U.S. Supreme Court to protect the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) immigration policy. CU is among 165 public and private universities and colleges from 32 states and the District of Columbia that united in support of DACA ahead of a Nov. 12 hearing, when justices will hear oral arguments on a series of consolidated cases and determine whether the administration’s Sept. 5, 2017, rescission of DACA was lawful. See full article here. Continue Reading
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Westminster College joins 165 academic institutions in support of DACA

Westminster College in Utah has joined 165 colleges and universities nationwide to support the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program. The academic institutions signed an amicus brief that urges the Supreme Court to also support an estimated 700,000 DACA recipients, who were brought to the United States illegally as children. See full article here. Continue Reading
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CSU joins amicus brief pressing Supreme Court to protect DACA

The Colorado State University system is one of 165 colleges and universities that have signed on to an amicus brief in support of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program ahead of its U.S. Supreme Court hearing. The brief, filed Oct. 4, argues that DACA has allowed “tens of thousands of previously undocumented students to pursue higher education” who “contribute immeasurably” to the signing institutions, and thus the program should not be ended. See full article here. Continue Reading
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TheDream.US Scholars Share Their Stories for Amicus Brief in Support of DACA

Uzair, Erik, and “Isabel,” three TheDream.US Scholars, shared their stories of growing up in America and the power of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program in an amicus brief filed this week and coordinated by The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration on behalf of 165 public and private universities and colleges from 32 states and the District of Columbia, including many of TheDream.US’ Partner Colleges. See full article here. Continue Reading
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Eight Colorado universities ask U.S. Supreme Court to protect DACA

More than 150 universities joined an amicus brief filed Friday in the upcoming U.S. Supreme Court case about Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, the Obama-era program that has allowed about 17,000 Coloradans and hundreds of thousands of others brought to the country illegally as children to have a legal presence. Among the hundreds that joined, at least seven Colorado institutions signed onto the brief, which was organized by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. See full article here. Continue Reading
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DACA Talks Matter to MSU Denver

MSU Denver is one of 165 colleges and universities that filed an amicus brief, a document that recommends a position to the court in support of DACA ahead of the hearing, according to an Oct. 8 news release from the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. See full article here. Continue Reading
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Ithaca College signs amicus brief in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients as DACA heads to the Supreme Court.

On October 4, Ithaca College joined 164 colleges and universities from across the country in signing an amicus brief supporting the roughly 700,000 young immigrants who came to the United States as children and who hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This “friend of the court” brief was coordinated by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, of which IC President Shirley M. Collado is a founding member. This group of higher education leaders is dedicated to improving how colleges and... Continue Reading
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DREAMers come out of the shadows with support from Nevada colleges

Since the Trump administration announced in 2017 that it was ending DACA, the Nevada System of Higher Education (NSHE) said it would continue to provide DREAMers access to college and support them. On Thursday, NSHE joined an amicus brief supporting University of California regents who are suing the Department of Homeland Security over its cancellation of the program, arguing that DACA students enrich college campuses and ending the program would adversely affect schools around the country. See full article here. Continue Reading
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Federal Rule Change Likely to Impact International and Immigrant Students

While the U.S. public-charge rule has existed since the 1990s, the new version recently published has far-reaching implications for immigrant and international students and their families. The rule requires individuals seeking to enter the U.S. either as immigrants or nonimmigrants to show they are self-sufficient and will not require public resources, including government benefits such as welfare, for support. In the new version, U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has expanded the definition of “public charge” to include non-cash public... Continue Reading
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Immigration Policy Impacts on Higher Education: Why it matters, what you should know, and what you and your campus can do

How often are you dealing with immigration-related matters on your campus? Even as an increasing number of Americans agree with the statement that immigration and immigrants benefit our country, immigration also has become one of the most salient and divisive political issues nationally. Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, tackles this topic in depth for The Center for Higher Education Leadership. Read more: Higher Ed Connects, June 15, 2019 Continue Reading
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Study: Nearly 100,000 undocumented immigrants graduate from high school each year

It is likely that undocumented immigrant students were among those graduating from central Ohio high schools in the past few weeks. But often, their peers don’t know their status, and what’s next for them isn’t as flush with opportunity as it is for their friends who were born in the United States or have legal immigration status here. Read more: The Columbus Dispatch, June 9, 2019   Continue Reading
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Standing with our students: Congress must pass the American Dream and Promise Act

As chancellor of Rutgers University – Newark and president of Illinois Institute of Technology, we have witnessed firsthand the phenomenal contributions that Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program recipients, Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) students make each and every day to the academic environment, the professional network, and campus culture of our nation’s universities and the broader communities that we serve. The Hill April 30th, 2019   Continue Reading
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Chancellor Travels to D.C. to Advocate for Dreamers

  Chancellor Dorothy Leland made her way to Capitol Hill this week for the first convening of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. Leland is a founding member of the alliance, which spent Monday engaging with immigration policy analysts, coalition leaders, research, legal experts and policymakers in strategic conversation. The group was founded by college and university chancellors and presidents in November 2017 in an effort to increase public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact higher... Continue Reading
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Rallying Behind DACA (Video)

Cheddar March 18, 2019 Under the Trump administration, DACA protections for undocumented children brought to the U.S. by their parents are set to expire. Jose Magaña-Salgado, DACA Recipient and policy & communications director for the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, joins Cheddar’s J.D. Durkin to discuss the updates and what happens next. https://cheddar.com/media/rallying-behind-daca Continue Reading
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Why Trump-era policies create new barriers to legal immigration to the US

  When Moshe Schulman’s then fiancee visited the United States consulate in Casablanca, he believed that she would leave her interview – for a K-1 visa – with permission to return to New York and they could finally stop conducting their relationship long-distance. The Guardian March 19, 2019   Continue Reading
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Democrats unveil bill to give DACA, TPS recipients path to citizenship

By Keerthi Vedantam | Cronkite News Tuesday, March 12, 2019 WASHINGTON – House Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday that would provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 2 million immigrants protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status and other programs.   Cronkite News, March 13, 2019 Continue Reading
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Why are Trump and Congress avoiding comprehensive immigration reform?

President Trump signed the spending bill on Feb. 15, which keeps the government open through the end of the fiscal year. Included is about a quarter of the funding he sought for a border wall. That’s not nearly enough to effectively improve border security in any real way. Thehill.com March, 2019 Continue Reading
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Giving young undocumented immigrants a driver’s license benefits us all: Rutgers student and chancellor

For many New Jersey young people, getting a driver’s license is a critical on-ramp to their road to success. With 420,000 college students statewide but dormitories less than half of all campuses, ours is a state where access to educational opportunity for hundreds of thousands of students can depend on being able to drive to school. But current licensing regulations are a major roadblock for nearly half a million New Jersey residents who cannot access a driver’s license because they are undocumented. NJI.Com February, 2019 ... Continue Reading
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DACA Still Stands But Congress Must Act

As a nation, we are at a pivotal crossroads for immigration policy. And as chancellor at the University of California, Merced, I am acutely aware of the impact that federal immigration policy has on the nearly 600 undocumented students on our campus — the highest percentage of enrollment at any UC campus.   February 8, 2019 San Gabriel Valley Tribune Continue Reading
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How higher ed will be a battleground for immigration debates in 2019

In 2019, immigration advocates expect that higher education institutions will be at the forefront of US immigration policy debates. From the uncertainty around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to the Trump administration’s new planned changes for student visas and work authorization programs, educators say they’re concerned about how immigration policy will ultimately impact immigrant students at US universities.   www.pri.org January 03, 2018 Continue Reading
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Opposition to Public Charge Rule

A number of colleges and higher education groups have registered their opposition to a proposed rule by the Trump administration that would redefine how the government determines an immigrant or nonimmigrant visitor is likely to become a “public charge” and thus ineligible for a green card or other change of immigration status.   Inside Higher Ed December 10, 2018     Continue Reading
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The Dream Act Remains a Distant Dream

For the first time ever, a Dreamer is a Rhodes Scholar. Jin Kyu Park of Harvard is among the 32 American Rhodes Scholars named in early November. His story is the latest evidence of the extraordinary achievements of Dreamers in American higher education. According to TheDream.US, the largest scholarship organization supporting young undocumented immigrants who came into the United States as infants and children, Dreamers nationwide have high collegiate success rates along with ambitious academic and professional goals.   The Chronicle of Higher Education,... Continue Reading
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How Should Higher Education be Responding to Refugee and Migrant Crises?

International and first- and second-generation immigrant students make up an average of 30 percent of undergraduate populations in the U.S. . . . The stakes are higher than ever for colleges to support immigrant students on their campuses and in their communities,” said Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director of the Presidents’ Alliance.   Chronicle of Higher Education, July 27, 2018 Continue Reading
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College Presidents Must Be Loud and College Presidents Must Be Loud and Clear in Support of Immigration

“Openness to underserved students in our country, as well as to the talents brought by international students, are at the heart of our mission as institutions of higher education. Today, recognizing the heritage of immigrants to this country, and making sure that we continue to be open to the future contributions of immigrants, should be top priorities for colleges — and the people who lead them.” David Oxtoby and Nancy Cantor, Co-Chairs of the Presidents’ Alliance Chronicle of Higher Education,... Continue Reading
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DACA Lives, but for How Long?

I think we need to look in two different directions. We need to continue to advocate and lobby for a permanent legislative solution, but we also need to think ahead about how can we best protect our students if that doesn’t happen,”said Dorothy Leland, chancellor of the University of California, Merced, Member, Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee. Inside Higher Ed, March 5, 2018 Continue Reading
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University Presidents Call on Congress to Find ‘Narrowly Tailored Solution’ for Dreamers

A group representing the top executives of more than 200 colleges wrote to Congressional leaders on Thursday asking for a “narrowly tailored solution” to the possible lapsing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.   Chronicle of Higher Education, January 11, 2018 Continue Reading
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New College Coalition for DREAMers

More than two dozen university and college presidents are joining forces to urge legal protection for undocumented “Dreamers” brought to the United States as children. The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration includes top officials from the California State University system and Utah State University, as well as the presidents of Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown, and George Washington University.   POLITICO, December 12, 2017 Continue Reading
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Visas Revoked at the Border Put a New Dent in American Higher Ed’s Image Abroad

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