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Expanding The Workforce Of The Midwest Through Common Sense Immigration Solutions

On Wednesday, July 28, the Presidents' Alliance co-sponsored an event, hosted by the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), called "Expanding the Workforce of the Midwest Through Common Sense Immigration Solutions." America’s Midwest, which includes Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Wiscons... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Dreamers, Higher Ed & Immigration Reform Legislation – A Briefing for Congressional Offices

Congress is considering several bills and legislative paths to legalization for immigrant students, including DACA recipients and other undocumented students. Each of the bills will also impact higher education access, affordability, and success for these students, whether by enabling undocumente... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing: The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education

On July 21, the Presidents' Alliance and TheDream.US co-hosted a rapid response briefing, "The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education." The event included a legal analysis of the Texas decision, what it means for the future of DACA and the practical impacts of the ... Continue Reading
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DACA in the Courts: Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

This fact sheet provides an overview of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) and two key court decisions related to the program. The document summarizes the two court decisions, one in the U.S. Supreme Court and the second by a federal court in Texas, and provides a list of resources ... Continue Reading
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Fulfilling Florida’s Promise: University President’s Forum on the Dream Act and Immigration Reform

On Tuesday, June 29, the Presidents' Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) and the IMPAC Fund to host "Fulfilling Florida’s Promise: University President's Forum on the Dream Act and Immigration Reform." For decades, young undocumented immigrants have enrolled... 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Statement for the Record for House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Hearing re: How Outdated U.S. Immigration Policies Push Top Talent to Other Countries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... Continue Reading
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Webinar – Refugee Students on U.S. College Campuses: Resources for Campuses and Advocates

On June 23, 2021, the Presidents' Alliance and UARRM's Student Voices for Refugees hosted a webinar, Refugee Students on U.S. College Campuses: Resources for Campuses and Advocates. The webinar covered short-term solutions to address the barriers refugee students face to entering higher educatio... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief: Budget Reconciliation as an Approach to Passing Immigration Reform

Democratic policymakers are attempting to use a special legislative process known as "reconciliation," to advance immigration reform. If successful, Dreamers, TPS recipients, essential workers, and more than 427,000 undocumented students, including DACA recipients, enrolled in higher education wo... Continue Reading
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Spring 2021 Unified Agenda: A Sneak Peek at Coming Federal Regulations

The Presidents’ Office of Management and Budget, Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs has released the spring unified agenda for all agencies, which details proposed rules and regulations in the pipeline from Spring 2021 and gives us a glimpse of policy changes to come–especially as they ... Continue Reading
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Supporting a Pathway to Citizenship for Undocumented Students in 2021

Since its inception, Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) has protected almost 800,000 young undocumented immigrants who came to the U.S. as children from deportation and allowed them to apply for renewable two-year work permits. There is an enormous opportunity in 2021 to build a humane... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record on Hearing from the Committee on the Judiciary H.R.6, American Dream and Promise Act of 2021

On June 15, 2021, the Presidents' Alliance submitted a statement for the record for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary's hearing on H.R.6, the American Dream and Promise Act. Statement for the Record for Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on H.R.6 Continue Reading
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Webinar – International Students and Immigrants in Medicine and Healthcare: Challenges and Barriers

On May 26, 2021, the Presidents' Alliance hosted a webinar, International Students and Immigrants in Medicine and Healthcare: Challenges and Barriers. International students and immigrants in the medical and scientific fields are a highly visible group in the U.S., from the corridors of medical s... 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 provid... 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 ... Continue Reading
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Comment in Response to USCIS’ Request for Information on Barriers to Benefits and Legalization

On May 18, 2021 the Presidents' Alliance of Higher Education and Immigration submitted a comment in response to USCIS' request for information regarding policies, regulations, and other guidance that functioned as obstacles to benefits and legalization. Comment in Response to USCIS' Request fo... Continue Reading
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Supporting Optional Practical Training in the Washtech case: The Important Perspective from U.S. Higher Education

This brief outlines the importance of Optional Practical Training (OPT) to colleges and universities, their students, and higher education in this country. It highlights the value of OPT as an important educational component to a student’s program of study, as a key complement to the classroom ex... Continue Reading
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Will the U.S. State Department be Prepared to Welcome International Students to the United States?

Higher education institutions, businesses, and policymakers are concerned about whether our consulates will be able to efficiently process F-1 and M-1 student and J-1 exchange visitor visas in time for the Fall 2021 academic term. COVID-19 has challenged our consulates abroad in unprecedented way... 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,... 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 o... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Markup of the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act of 2021

On April 14, 2021, the House Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives held a committee marking up the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act of 2021. In support of this hearing, the Presidents’ Alliance submitted its statement for the record, which... Continue Reading
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Action Alert Briefing: Will International Students Return in Fall 2021? A Vital Resource at Risk

On April 7, the Presidents' Alliance and NAFSA co-hosted an action alert briefing, "Will International Students Return in Fall 2021? A Vital Resource at Risk." The briefing discussed how visa processing delays and travel restrictions could significantly impact fall 2021 international student enro... Continue Reading
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Legislative Recommendations for Welcoming International Students: Policies to Grow the U.S. Economy and Create Jobs, Prepare for the next Global Crisis, and Strengthen National Security

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, communi... Continue Reading
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Dare to Dream: Dream Act Legislation & Opportunities for Advocacy

This one-hour webinar on Wednesday, March 31, co-hosted by the Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US, shared the latest on developments regarding Dream Act-related legislation in Congress. The briefing covered the current status, timeline, and potential movement for bills, including the Senate Dre... Continue Reading
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Carolinas Flourishing: Unlocking the Region’s Economic Potential through Sensible Immigration Solutions.

On March 25, the Presidents' Alliance co-sponsored a virtual immigration summit, Carolinas Flourishing: Unlocking the Region’s Economic Potential through Sensible Immigration Solutions, hosted by the American Business Immigration Coalition. The summit featured business leaders, politicians, and h... Continue Reading
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Intermountain Rising: Unlocking our Region’s Economic Potential Through Bipartisan Immigration Reform

On March 19, the American Business Immigration Coalition — Intermountain Chapter hosted an immigration summit, "Intermountain Rising: Unlocking our Region’s Economic Potential Through Bipartisan Immigration Reform." The Presidents' Alliance co-sponsored the summit along with other partners. The s... Continue Reading
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Texas Prospers: Keeping Our State Competitive and Prosperous through Bipartisan Dream Legislation

On March 16, more than 200 business leaders and CEOs, university presidents, and lawmakers gathered for "Texas Prospers: Keeping Our State Competitive and Prosperous through Bipartisan Dream Legislation." The summit was hosted by the Texas Business Immigration Coalition, American Business Immigra... 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, ma... 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 Th... 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 p... 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 bipartis... Continue Reading
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Undocumented Students in Higher Education (Updated March 2021)

How Many Undocumented Students are in U.S. Colleges and Universities, and Who Are They? The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration partnered with New American Economy to release an updated analysis of how many undocumented students are pursuing higher education in the Unite... Continue Reading
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Fulfilling America’s Promise: Briefing with Senator Dick Durbin on Dream Act and Immigration Reform

On February 26, 2021, the American Business Immigration Coalition and United We Dream co-hosted "Fulfilling America's Promise: Briefing with Senator Dick Durbin on Dream Act and Immigration Reform." During the event, U.S. Senator Dick Durbin (D-IL), Chair of the Senate Judiciary Committee and co-... Continue Reading
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Florida Thriving: Florida IMPAC Summit for Immigration Reform

On February 25, 2021, the Presidents' Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition to sponsor "Florida Thriving: Florida IMPAC Summit for Immigration Reform." The Summit provided the opportunity to hear directly from elected officials, business leaders, Dreamers and Essenti... Continue Reading
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New England Business Immigration Summit

On February 19, 2021, the Presidents' Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition to host the New England Business Immigration Summit, featuring Sens. Markey and King and Harvard President Bacow and Colby College President Green. The focus of the summit was to educate, eng... Continue Reading
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Educating for Action: How Your Students and Campus Can Advance Immigrant Justice

This one-hour webinar, Educating for Action: How Your Students and Campus Can Advance Immigrant Justice, presented concrete steps campuses can take to support immigrants and asylum seekers. With 1.2 million pending cases in immigration courts, there is a national shortage of advocates prepared to... Continue Reading
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Rethinking Tuition for Undocumented Students Through Interstate Tuition Agreements (ITAs): A Way Forward?

Substantial hurdles remain for undocumented students to access and graduate from higher education institutions. These hurdles include being barred from enrolling in public institutions in three states (Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina) and facing restrictions on accessing in-state tuition in ... 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 discusse... 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. ... Continue Reading
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Letter to Secretary Mayorkas Regarding Recommendations on Domestic and International Students

Letter to Secretary Mayorkas Regarding Recommendations on Domestic and International Students Transmitted electronically February 9, 2021 The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Nebraska Avenue Complex 3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 203... Continue Reading
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Letter to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Regarding International Student Enrollment Flexibility

On February 5, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration sent a letter to Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Tae Johnson Secretary regarding COVID-19 enrollment flexibility for first-time international students. Letter to U.S. Immigration... Continue Reading
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Letter to Secretary of State Blinken on International Students

On February 1, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration sent a letter to Secretary of State Antony Blinken about issues facing international students. Letter to Secretary of State Blinken on International Students Delivered electronically February 1, 2021 The... 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... Continue Reading
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Letter to Acting DHS Secretary Pekoske on Issues Facing International Students

On January 29, 2021, we sent a letter to Acting DHS Secretary Pekoske on behalf of international students to address issues that they face. Letter to Acting DHS Secretary Pekoske on Issues Facing International Students Delivered electronically January 29, 2021 David Pekoske, Acting Secret... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: What’s Next?: The Future of DACA in Regards to Litigation, Executive Action & Legislation

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and TheDream.US hosted a briefing for members, partners, and advocates to provide information on the future of DACA. The briefing shared the latest updates on President Biden's executive actions and legislative proposal relating to DACA... 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 Barr... 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, communi... Continue Reading
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Letter to President-Elect Biden and Secretary-Designate Mayorkas with DACA Recommendations

On December 21, 2020, the Presidents' Alliance and TheDream.US sent a letter to the incoming administration with their top recommendations to improve and expand DACA. Letter to President-Elect Biden and Secretary-Designate Alejandro Mayorkas with DACA Recommendations December 21, 2020 Pr... 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 day... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Comment Letter Opposing H-1B Visa Interim Final Rule

On November 9, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration submitted a comment in opposition to the Department of Labor's (DOL's) interim final rule, “Strengthening Wage Protections for the Temporary and Permanent Employment of Certain Aliens in the United States.” Presi... 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 Propo... 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 colle... Continue Reading
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Promise Programs: An Avenue to Expand College Affordability, Access, and Success for Undocumented Students

The Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, in partnership with Research for Action, published a fact sheet, Postsecondary Education and Undocumented Students, that examines how College Promise programs can help advance affordability, access, and success for undocumented student... 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... 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... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing: Proposed Rule to End Duration of Status for International Students and Exchange Visitors

This rapid response briefing addressed the proposed rule to end duration of status for F-1 international students and J exchange visitors and their families. The briefing covered the impact of the proposed rule, why it matters, and what campus leaders can do now. If finalized without change, the ... Continue Reading
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Higher Education “Talking Points” Template Comment for Proposed D/S Rule

The Presidents' Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NAFSA developed a talking points template comment for higher education institutions for addressing the proposed DHS duration of status rule. If you have questions on strategy, require additional support, or want to share your final ... Continue Reading
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New Report: New Administration Policy Will Reduce Number of DACA Recipients Through Higher Cost, Delays, and Denials

On September 29, 2020, the Presidents' Alliance and TheDream.US released a new report, Discouraging and Denying Renewals: An Assessment on the Impact of the July 2020 DHS Memorandum on DACA, which surveyed close to 1,800 DACA recipients to assess the impact of the U.S. Department of Homeland Secu... Continue Reading
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Fact Sheet: Proposed Regulation on the Change of Admission Period of F, J, and I Nonimmigrants from Duration of Status

The Presidents’ Alliance and the Center for Immigrants' Rights Clinic at Penn State Law School developed the following fact sheet in response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) proposed regulation issued on September 25, 2020 that would establish fixed end dates on student and exch... 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 incum... 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... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: Responding to the Administration’s New Efforts to Dismantle DACA

The briefing addressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo, recent court developments, what higher education leaders and campuses need to know, how we can best support undocumented students and DACA recipients, and actions we can take now. The briefing featured leading immigration... Continue Reading
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Letter on International Student Entry Eligibility Requirements to CBP Port Director

On August 7, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration sent a letter to Port Director LaFonda Sutton-Burke to express our concern regarding U.S. Customs and Border Protection’s (CBP) inspection process for new and returning international students through the Los Angeles I... Continue Reading
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Toolkit for Higher Ed Institutions to Respond to DACA Rescission 2.0

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration prepared this toolkit to support colleges and universities in their response to the administration’s attempt to dismantle Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) for a second time. This toolkit contains sample press statements, qu... Continue Reading
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Template State Delegation Letter for Higher Ed Institutions to Support DACA Recipients

The Presidents’ Alliance developed this template state delegation letter for institutions of higher education to adapt and send to congressional delegations in support of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients in response to the administration’s July 28, 2020, attempt to dismant... Continue Reading
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Talking Points: Trump Administration Limits DACA Protections

The Presidents’ Alliance developed the following talking points in response to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memorandum issued on July 28, 2020 to limit DACA protections. The talking points note the importance of DACA and that Congress must pass a permanent, legislative solution ... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Hearing on Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services

On July 29, 2020, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a Hearing on Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. In support of this hearing, the Presidents' Alliance submitted its statement for the record. Read the full statement below. P... Continue Reading
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Template Letter and Messaging in Support of International Students and Scholars

In collaboration with several members of our Federal Policy Advisory Table and Legal Advisory Council, the Presidents’ Alliance developed this template letter for institutions of higher education to adapt and send to congressional delegations. The template covers the recent July 6, 2020 ICE SEVP ... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: ICE’s SEVP Guidance for International Students and Higher Education

This rapid response briefing addressed the new and disturbing July 6th guidance and forthcoming rule by ICE, which includes preventing international students from continuing their study in the U.S.—and putting them at risk of deportation—if enrolled in all online classes or attending institutions... Continue Reading
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Talking Points for Higher Ed Institutions on ICE SEVP Guidance

The below representing talking points for higher ed institutions in response to the guidance released by the administration on international students. On July 6, 2020, in spite of a rebounding COVID-19 pandemic, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued guidance indicating that it wou... Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Guide to Tuition, Financial Aid & Other Funding for Undocumented Students

The following resource provides an overview of in-state tuition, state financial aid, and other funding policies and opportunities at both public and private institutions for undocumented graduate and undergraduate students. This resource provides actions public and private colleges and universit... Continue Reading
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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 propose... Continue Reading
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Higher Education Template Comment for CARES Act Emergency Grant Exclusions

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 propose... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief: Ending DACA Would Limit Access to Higher Education in Ten States

This policy brief examines the impact of ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on access to higher education in ten states. The brief notes that ending DACA would potentially block thousands of current DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals from either enrolling in public in... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: June 22 Presidential Proclamation & Its Impacts on Higher Education and Other Sectors

This rapid response briefing addressed the June 22 Presidential Proclamation that continues the suspension of immigrant visas and extends the suspension to include certain international workers and professionals. Who is affected by the Proclamation? What are the impacts on higher education and ot... Continue Reading
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Letter on Recommendations for the Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package to Support International, DACA, and Undocumented Students

The Presidents' Alliance Steering Committee transmitted the following letter to leadership in Congress containing recommendations for the fourth COVID legislative package. Presidents' Alliance Letter on Recommendations for the Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package to Support International, DACA, and Un... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: Implications of Supreme Court’s Decision on DACA

The Supreme Court has ruled that the administration’s attempt to end DACA in September 2017 is unlawful. The one-hour briefing featured higher education, immigration, legal, and policy experts who addressed the implications of the Supreme Court decision on DACA. It provided an overview and analys... Continue Reading
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Talking Points: Supreme Court Decision on DACA

The Presidents' Alliance developed the following talking points in response to the Supreme Court decision on June 18, 2020 that held the rescission of DACA by the administration was unlawful. The talking points note that the Supreme Court decision will have a positive impact on DACA recipients, o... Continue Reading
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Follow-up Letter to DHS and DOS with Recommendations on Visa Processing and OPT in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

The Presidents' Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a follow-up letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) containing recommendations regarding visa processing and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Presidents' Alliance Follow-up Letter to DHS... Continue Reading
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Letter to the White House in Support of OPT and STEM OPT

The Presidents' Alliance transmitted a letter to the White House in support of Optional Practical Training (OPT) and STEM OPT. Presidents' Alliance Letter to White House in Support of OPT and STEM OPT June 4, 2020 Donald J. TrumpPresident of the United StatesThe White House1600 Pennsylvania Av... Continue Reading
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Higher Education Guide to Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

This resource provides guidelines and suggestions for higher education institutions who wish to establish and implement funding and experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate undocumented students. The guide compares admissions and funding opportunities for undoc... Continue Reading
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Defending Optional Practical Training (OPT): Talking Points and Data

The Trump administration is considering measures to pause or end the Optional Practical Training (OPT) program for the F-1 Student Visa. The United States cannot afford to make such a consequential policy change. Our nation needs to attract the best minds to help get the U.S. economy back up and ... Continue Reading
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BRIEFING: COVID-19 Crisis and the Impact on International Populations in Higher Education and Beyond

This briefing featured immigration legal and policy experts who addressed the issues affecting international populations in higher education and beyond to the workplace due to the COVID-19 crisis. The briefing also featured the perspectives of senior campus leaders in a discussion moderated by on... Continue Reading
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2020 Directory of Presidents’ Alliance Advocacy for International Students

This page contains a list of the Presidents' Alliance advocacy efforts on behalf of international students. Duration of Status Advocacy D/S–Letter Requesting Extended Comment Period for New Proposed Duration of Status Rule (October 9, 2020) D/S–Rapid Response Briefing: Proposed Rule to End D... Continue Reading
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Letter to DHS and DOS with Recommendations on Visa Processing and OPT in Light of COVID-19 Crisis and Presidential Proclamation

The Presidents' Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and U.S. Department of State (DOS) containing recommendations regarding visa processing and Optional Practical Training (OPT). Presidents' Alliance Letter to DHS and DOS re: Visa Pr... 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, inter... Continue Reading
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Directory of Presidents’ Alliance Resources to Support DACA and Institutions of Higher Education

This page contains a list of all of the Presidents' Alliance's materials, including resources, advocacy tools, and best practices, to help higher ed institutions to support Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients. Resources: 2021 Texas Federal Court Decision on DACA DACA in t... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: COVID-19 Crisis and the Impact on Undocumented/DACA Students and Their Families: What Campus Leaders Need to Know

This one-hour briefing featured immigration, legal, policy, and student support experts who addressed the issues affecting undocumented and DACAmented students and their families, the applicability of COVID-19 legislation and other relief measures to undocumented immigrant populations and DACA re... 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: Undocumented Students in Higher Education: How Many Students are in U.S. Colleges and Universities, and Who Are They? ... Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Toolkit to Prepare for the Supreme Court’s Decision on DACA

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration prepared this toolkit to support colleges and universities in their response to the forthcoming Supreme Court on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This toolkit contains sample press statements, quotes, tweets, campus messag... 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 th... 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 overvie... Continue Reading
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FAQs for Campuses on Immigration Enforcement and Site Visits

The purpose of this set of FAQs is to address questions that arose with regard to the obligations of institutions in the case of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids (known as “enforcement operations”) or site visits, and how campuses can protect members of the campus community. ... 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 e... Continue Reading
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Campus Checklist to Prepare for Court Decisions on DACA

On December 4, 2020, a federal district court ruled in Batalla v. Trump that the Trump administration must restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to its original terms. The court’s decision rescinds the most recent memorandum that severely limited and undermined DACA, effectively r... Continue Reading
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Steering Committee Letter to Congress Supporting NO BAN Act

The Presidents' Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a letter to Congress expressing its qualified support for the NO BAN Act. Steering Committee Letter to Congress Supporting the NO BAN Act   March 4, 2020 U.S. Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 U.S. House of Representatives W... 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

William Frey’s recent report, Reducing immigration will not stop America’s rising diversity, Census projections show, which analyzes the new census projections for the next 40 years, is a must-read for higher education leaders. Frey’s analysis shows that a reduction in immigration flows will not ... Continue Reading
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WEBINAR: Alternative Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students

This recorded webinar is geared for students and alumni who may not have DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and for those who do hold these statuses but worry that it might end. No matter what comes, there are options! On campus, you may be eligible for research, learning or teaching fellow... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Markup of the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act

On February 12, 2020, the House Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives held a committee marking up the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act. In support of this hearing, the Presidents' Alliance submitted its statement for the record, which cont... Continue Reading
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Toolkit for Colleges and Universities for Expanded Travel Ban

This resource and advocacy toolkit is geared for college and university campuses including campus immigration task forces, students, staff, faculty, and their families to share information and resources regarding the administration’s latest expansion of the travel ban, which goes into effect Febr... Continue Reading
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Expanding Eligibility for Professional and Occupational Licensing for Immigrants

In September of 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration; FWD.us, Niskanen Center, TheDream.US, and United We Dream released a groundbreaking report that urges Congress and state legislatures to expand access to professional, business, and commercial licenses (also known... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance and Member Comments on Increased Immigration Fees

Below, we share comments authored by Presidents' Alliance members in response to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) proposed rule Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements (Docket No. USCIS-2019-0010). The deadline for institutions to submi... Continue Reading
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Steering Committee Letter to Congress Supporting Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

The Presidents' Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a letter to Congress expressing its qualified support for the Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019. Steering Committee Letter to Congress Supporting Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019 The Honorable Mitch M... Continue Reading
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Alliance and CCCIE Comment on HUD’s Proposed Housing Rule for Mixed-Status Families

The Presidents' Alliance, in collaboration with the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education submitted a comment to the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) opposing HUD’s proposed rule to exclude families who have undocumented immigrants from federally funded public... Continue Reading
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Steering Committee Vote Recommendation on the Dream and Promise Act of 2019

The Presidents' Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a letter to the U.S. House of Representatives containing its vote recommendation, which urges the House to vote for passage of the bill and against negative amendments. Steering Committee Letter Vote Recommendation on the Dream and Promise ... Continue Reading
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An Undocumented Student Guide To College in Michigan

In the summer of 2019, a coalition of education and immigration organizations in Michigan released an updated guide for undocumented students seeking to attend college. Since summer 2018, the group has hosted two large meetings to discuss advancing resources and centralizing support services and ... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Markup of the Dream and Promise Act

On May 22, 2019, the House Judiciary Committee in the U.S. House of Representatives held a committee marking up the Dream and Promise Act. In support of this hearing, the Presidents' Alliance submitted its statement for the record, which contains recommendations regarding improvements to the Drea... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Steering Committee Letter in Support of Pell and Section 505 Repeal in Dream and Promise Act

The Presidents' Alliance Steering Committee transmitted a letter to House Leadership and the House Judiciary Committee supporting the inclusion of Pell Grants and repeal of Section 505. For the text of the letter, see below. Steering Committee Letter in Support of Pell Grants and Section 505 Rep... Continue Reading
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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 2... Continue Reading
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Migration Policy Institute Fact Sheet on Number of Dreamers Graduating from High School

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

The Hispanic National Bar Association created a toolkit to empower advocates, lawyers, students, and others to expand equal access to financial aid for Dreamers through private, state, and institutional actors. The toolkit provides the resources and tools to: Encourage private scholarships... Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Immigration Policy Guide Spring 2019

The Spring 2019 edition of the Alliance and FWD.us's Higher Education Immigration Policy and Action Guide. The guide contains current and upcoming immigration policies impacting the higher ed community and actions for colleges and universities to consider taking to support immigrant and internati... 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 Ki... Continue Reading
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Learning Circle – Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College: Learning from Higher Ed Innovators

Income Sharing Agreements: An emerging model to help DREAMers pay for their education and build a sustainable funding model A presentation by Kevin James, President of Better Future Forward, on the use of Income Sharing Agreements to help undocumented students pay for college A discussi... Continue Reading
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Learning Circle – Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College: Learning from Higher Ed Innovators

Income Sharing Agreements: An emerging model to help DREAMers pay for their education and build a sustainable funding model A presentation by Kevin James, President of Better Future Forward, on the use of Income Sharing Agreements to help undocumented students pay for college A discussi... 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 Drea... 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 H... Continue Reading
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Talking Points on The Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6

Talking Points on The Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6 Talking points on the Dream and Promise Act, including messaging explaining who would be able to obtain relief under the bill, economic benefits, and the importance of in-state tuition. These talking points are part of the Alliance's toolki... Continue Reading
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More than 65 U.S. Colleges and Universities Support Legal Challenge to New Unlawful Presence Policy

65 institutions of higher education and one higher education system Board, most of which are also member institutions of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, have signed onto an amicus brief filed today supporting a legal challenge to recent immigration policy changes reg... 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... 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;” a... Continue Reading
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The Presidents’ Alliance submitted a comment letter on the proposed SEVIS fee increases

September 14, 2018 Comment Re: U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Proposed Adjustment of Fees for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program, Docket No. ICEB-2017-0003 Submitted via the Federal eRulemaking Portal at http://www.regulations.gov Dear Ms. Snyder: The Presidents’ Allia... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance joined with other organizations to send a letter to the Senate Judiciary Committee to express our deep concerns with recent USCIS policy changes

Coalition Letter to Senate Judiciary Letter on Concerning USCIS Guidance August 14, 2018 The Honorable Charles E. Grassley Chairman Committee on the Judiciary United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 The Honorable Dianne Feinstein Ranking Member Committee on the Judiciary Unite... 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. ... 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 Refor... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance sends a letter to the House of Representatives urging them to “bring to a vote bipartisan immigration bills that will permanently protect Dreamers and upholds our values”

June 19, 2018 Urgent Call to Congress: Bring to a Vote Bipartisan Immigration Bills that Will Permanently Protect Dreamers and Uphold our Values This week, the House of Representatives is considering a vote on two partisan immigration measures. After careful review, we cannot support either... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance submits Statement to the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration in support of international students

“Student Visa Integrity: Protecting Educational Opportunity and National Security” Senate Committee on the Judiciary Subcommittee on Border Security and Immigration June 6, 2018 Statement of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration The Presidents’ Alliance on Highe... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance calls on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers

Letter to Congress Urging Bipartisan Legislation to Grant DACA Recipients Permanent Relief and a Path to Citizenship TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE U.S. SENATE: We write in strong support of the efforts being made by members of the House of Representatives to bri... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance submits comment letter to USCIS Director Cissna expressing deep concern over the proposed USCIS Memo: Proposed change to how DHS Counts unlawful presence for F, M, J visa holders

Letter to USCIS Director on May 10, 2018, Unlawful Presence Memorandum June 11, 2018 Mr. L. Francis Cissna Director U.S. Citizenship & immigration Services Department of Homeland Security 20 Massachusetts Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20529 Dear Director Cissna, The Presidents’ A... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance joins other higher education organizations to submit a comment letter to the Department of State regarding proposed revisions to visa applications

Comment re: Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for Immigrant Visa and Alien Registration (Form DS-260, OMB Control Number 1405-0185) and the Notice of Proposed Information Collection: Application for Nonimmigrant Visa (Form DS-160 and DS-156, OMB Control Number 1405-0182) M... Continue Reading
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Press Release: More than 70 U.S. Colleges and Universities Join in Supporting the Legal Challenge to the Administration’s Ending DACA

More than 70 member institutions of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration have signed onto an amicus brief filed yesterday supporting plaintiffs who are challenging the Trump Administration’s decision to end the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrival (“DACA”) program. Thi... Continue Reading
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FAQ: Higher Education Access and Undocumented Students

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

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

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

Letter to Congress Urging Legislative Protections for Dreamers January 11, 2018 Representative Paul Ryan Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives Room H-305, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Representative Nancy Pelosi Minority Leader United States House of Repre... Continue Reading