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Legal Pathways that Work Initiative

The Presidents’ Alliance is launching a new initiative, Legal Pathways that Work (LPTW), to address the need to develop and deliver immigration resources to institutions and students to support careers in the U.S. post-graduation. Continue Reading
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Celebrating 1-Year of the Community of Practice Directory and Network

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

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

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

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

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

On April 25th at 12 PM ET/9 AM PT, join the Presidents’ Alliance as we celebrate the launch of Amplifying Black Undocumented Voices in Higher Education! Continue Reading
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Schedule A Update: Presidents’ Alliance and Partners Comment on Labor Shortage in Key Fields

Schedule A Update: Presidents’ Alliance and Partners Comment on Labor Shortage in Key Fields The Presidents’ Alliance joined over 200 organizations and individuals — including the Niskanen Center and the Institute for Progress — submitting comments regarding the expansion and modernization of the Schedule A list of occupations that do not require permanent labor certifications. Schedule A comprises occupations for which the Department of Labor (DOL) has previously determined there is a shortage of qualified American workers. By eliminating permanent... Continue Reading
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Fostering Inclusion for Black Immigrant Students at HBCUs

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

International students play an important role in the US – offering diverse perspectives on campus, creating American jobs, and providing a source of talent to American employers. To shed light on the priorities and preferences of international students, Shorelight commissioned a survey of over 1,200 institutional students, alumni, and prospects. The data offer insights into how international students choose a destination for their studies, and how that equation would change if programs like OPT ceased to exist. On January 25th,... Continue Reading
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Invitation to Join Amicus Brief

The Presidents’ Alliance invites all Presidents’ Alliance member institutions and TheDream.US partner colleges to join an amicus brief in support of MALDEF’s appeal in Texas v. United States, the 5th Circuit case involving the legality of DACA. Amicus briefs are due on February 1, 2024. To join in support of this brief, you must sign up by 5 pm ET on January 29, 2024. For a overview of the amicus brief, see this memo, Context and Purpose of the Amicus Brief... Continue Reading
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Comment Letter on Modernizing H—1B Requirements, Providing Flexibility in the F—1 Program, and Program Improvements Affecting Other Nonimmigrant Workers (DHS Docket No. USCIS-2023-0005)

Comment Letter on Modernizing H—1B Requirements, Providing Flexibility in the F—1 Program, and Program Improvements Affecting OtherNonimmigrant Workers (DHS Docket No. USCIS-2023-0005) The Presidents’ Alliance submitted a comment letter to the Department of Homeland Security regardingthe United States Citizenship and Immigration Services’ (USCIS) notice of proposed rulemaking to increase flexibilities for F—1 students changing their status to H—1B. The Presidents’ Alliance supports the extension of the automatic “cap gap” extension to avoid disruption to an F—1 student’s employment authorization, which... Continue Reading
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Sign-On Letter: Extending Interview Waiver Authority

Sign-On: Extending Interview Waiver Authority The Presidents’ Alliance signed on to a letter asking the U.S. Department of State to extend and make permanent the Department’s ability to waive in-person interview requirements for certain nonimmigrant visa applicants. The waiver, which was established in 2022 and is set to expire at the end of the year, has allowed for faster processing for international students and scholars applying for F-1 and J-1 visas to study and complete research in the U.S. Extending the... Continue Reading
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Ensuring Homeland Security through International Student Success

Ensuring Homeland Security through International Student Success The U.S. for Success Coalition, including the Presidents’ Alliance, has begun meeting with federal agencies to discuss ways to help make the U.S. a more welcoming destination for international students. The Coalition recently provided the Department of Homeland Security with a set of recommendations that address pressing issues such as lengthy and unpredictable processing times, duplicative and burdensome paperwork, and lack of inter- and intra-agency coordination. Read the recommendations here.     Continue Reading
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Two Issues to Consider for Your Comment on the H-1B Modernization Proposed Rule

Two Issues to Consider for Your Comment on the H-1B Modernization Proposed Rule On October 23, 2023, the Department of Homeland Security published a notice of proposed rulemaking to modernize certain aspects of the H-1B program. Comments are due on December 22, 2023. While the proposed rule includes a broad range of changes on which the Presidents’ Alliance, Niskanen Center, and others will be commenting, there are two issues that would benefit greatly from direct institutional input and examples. This... Continue Reading
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Strengthen Security: Waive In-Person Interviews for Previously Vetted Applicants

Strengthen Security: Waive In-Person Interviews for Previously Vetted Applicants As a member of the U.S. for Success Coalition, the Presidents’ Alliance signed on to a letter urging the Department of Homeland Security to waive in-person interviews for previously vetted international students and applicants for certain employment-based nonimmigrant categories. Such action would permanently enable consular officers to use their discretion in waiving in-person interviews for applicants who have already been vetted—allowing DHS to allocate resources on applicants who need more scrutiny.... Continue Reading
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SUCCESS 2024 Convening

Exciting News! Our Supporting Undocumented Students’ College & Career Equity: Strategies for Success (SUCCESS) 2024 Convening will be held at Rice University on Friday, March 29 through Saturday, March 30, 2024. The focus of the 2024 SUCCESS convening will be to share and equip campuses with cutting-edge practices and resources that support the educational and career equity outcomes for undocumented students, including non-employment based experiential learning models, pathways to graduate and professional programs, career development for undocumented students, and more!... Continue Reading
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Do you know who your refugee students are? Mapping and understanding displaced students on U.S. campuses

On November 30th from 12 PM ET/9 AM PT, the Presidents’ Alliance and Duolingo English Test hosted a webinar on the release of a new groundbreaking report on refugee students in U.S. higher education. Despite the increasing number of refugee students, both globally and in the U.S., there is a significant lack of data concerning their pathways to higher education. To effectively understand the presence of refugee students on college campuses and support their educational success, we must bridge these... Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources: Private Institutions Tool Launch

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

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

On Wednesday, November 1st at 1 PM ET/10 AM PT, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration will host a webinar on the recently launched Private Institution Tool on the Higher Ed Immigration Portal. This tool extends the Portal’s state policy tracking of admission and financial aid policies to track private institutions’ policies and support services. This event will feature an overview of the tool and a conversation with representatives from private institutions and organizations supporting undocumented students, followed by a... Continue Reading
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Letter Supporting Extension and Redesignation of Temporary Protected Status for Cameroon

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

Letter Supporting an Expanded Work Permit Automatic Extension The Presidents’ Alliance signed on to a letter urging the Department of Homeland Security to expand the automatic extension of work authorization for immigrants with pending work permit renewal applications. Such action would prevent thousands of immigrants from losing their jobs, providing security to workers and businesses and promoting long-term social and economic stability. Providing automatic extensions for all immigrants with pending renewal applications could mitigate the work permit backlog and ease... Continue Reading
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5 Things Colleges and Universities can do in the Wake of the Latest DACA Decision

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

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

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

Rapid Response Briefing on the recent DACA Decision by Judge Hanen On Thursday, September 21 at 12 PM ET/11 AM CT, The Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a virtual one-hour Rapid Response Briefing on the Latest DACA Decision with the TheDream.US, FWD.us, and MALDEF. Speakers addressed the legal context and implications of the most recent ruling on DACA, what it means for DACA recipients and undocumented individuals, and how higher education can support undocumented students in this time of need. The briefing discussed... Continue Reading
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Welcome Corps on Campus: Building Sustainable Pathways for Refugee Students

On September 12, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance joined the State Department and partners at Georgetown University for the first public event on Welcome Corps on Campus. This event brought together experts in higher education, policymakers, and refugee resettlement organizations to discuss inclusive pathways for refugees to access higher education. Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resource – Achieving Inclusive Excellence: Immigrant-Origin Students Are Key to the Future of U.S. Higher Education

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

Immigrant-origin students account for 80 percent of the overall increase in U.S. higher education enrollment in the past two decades. Enrollment growth among immigrant-origin students vastly outpaced that of students from U.S.-born families, with a 94 percent rise compared to 6 percent respectively between 2000 and 2021. Continue Reading
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Webinar Recording and Resources: The Interview of A Lifetime: An analysis of Visa Denials and International student flows to the U.S.

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

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

On Wednesday, June 14, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance hosted a one-hour webinar on “Opportunities to Connect to Refugee Students Overseas, co-sponsored by KenSAP, Syrian Youth Empowerment Initiative, and DuoLingo/UNHCR Advising. This webinar provided an overview of opportunities and effective practices for campuses to enroll and support refugee students from overseas. The webinar highlighted the work of three college access programs, KenSAP, Syrian Youth Empowerment Initiative, and DuoLingo/UNHCR Advising, that support refugee students’ access to higher education. It also highlighted the... Continue Reading
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Webinar – Understanding the Complexities of Border Security and its Impacts on Reaching a Bipartisan Compromise for Dreamers

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

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

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

On March 22, 2023, over 300 people joined the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education & Immigration, the UCLA Center for Immigration Law & Policy, and the Undocumented Student-Led Network on a webinar titled Why States Can Already Hire Undocumented Students. This informational webinar covered the legal foundation and challenges of the proposal that state entities can hire undocumented students who do not have federal work authorization. Speakers addressed the legal theory behind the proposal, prospects for challenges, implementation issues and... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety Hearing on Immigration and Higher Education

On March 22, 2023, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration submitted a statement for the record for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety Hearing on Immigration and Higher Education hearing on “Living Up to America’s Promise: The Need to Bolster the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program”. Statement for the Record for Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety Hearing on Immigration and Higher Education: “Living Up to America’s Promise: The Need to Bolster... Continue Reading
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Comment in Letter on USCIS Fee Schedule and Changes to Certain Other Immigration Benefit Request Requirements

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

As President Biden enters the third year of his presidency and our nation recovers from the human and economic impacts of the pandemic, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and our over 550 Presidents and Chancellors urge the administration to take the following ten immediate immigration policy actions to emerge stronger, more resilient, and with greater well-being for all. Detailed along with others in our updated Administrative Agenda for Immigration and Higher Education, these actions are practical and... Continue Reading
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What You Need to Know: Parole Programs for Haiti, Cuba, Nicaragua, and Venezuela

We have updated our FAQ explainer about the parole programs for Cuba, Haiti, Nicaragua, and Venezuela. This explainer provides information and education on who qualifies for parole through these programs, the benefits of having parole, who qualifies as a supporter to sponsor a parolee through these programs, and other questions regarding higher education, parole and border enforcement, and additional information. Background: On January 5, 2023, the Biden administration announced a suite of policy changes for Haitians, Cubans, and Nicaraguans seeking... Continue Reading
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Directory of Presidents’ Alliance Resources to Support Students of a Refugee Background

This page contains a list of all of the Presidents’ Alliance’s materials, including resources, advocacy tools, and best practices, to help institutions of higher education to support students of a refugee background. Student Outreach & Recruitment Offering Scholarships for Refugee Students Overseas Resources and Effective Practices for Refugee College Guidance Counseling Syrian Youth Empowerment: A College Access Program for Displaced Students Transfer Process for Undocumented and Refugee Students: Models and Considerations for 2 & 4 Year Institutions Kentucky Innovative Scholarship... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed, PART 2: Building On Campus Support for Refugee Students

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

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

On Thursday, December 1, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with Refugee Advocacy Lab, World Education Services (WES), and National Association of System Heads (NASH), hosted a webinar, Limited Access: The Landscape of In-State Tuition for Displaced Students. The webinar shared the findings of a new analysis conducted by IRAP and the Refugee Advocacy Lab on access to in-state tuition for refugees, Special Immigrant Visa (SIVs) holders, humanitarian parolees, asylees, asylum-seekers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders across all 50 states.... Continue Reading
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Americans Want Congress To Protect Dreamers This Year

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

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

The Presidents’ Alliance has drafted recommendations for the Biden administration to bolster the United States’ position as the leading destination for international students and scholars seeking higher education opportunities and to ensure that we welcome a diversity of students from throughout the world. Full recommendations can be viewed here. Continue Reading
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Social Media Toolkit: Show Your Support for Dreamers

Undocumented students are a cornerstore of our college and university communities across the United States. With the future of DACA endangered, it is imperative that Congress passes a permanent, legislative solution to ensure undocumented students and other Dreamers can remain in the U.S. and contribute fully to their communities. We’re calling on Congress to protect Dreamers by passing bipartisan Dream legislation this year. Find several infographics and sample social media posts below, along with other ideas and resources, to help... Continue Reading
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Webinar- Uplifting Campus Resources: Part 1: Refugee Student Enrollment & Leveraging Financial Resources

On Wednesday, November 9, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance and co-sponsor Duolingo English Test hosted a webinar, Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Ed, PART 1: Refugee Student Enrollment & Leveraging Financial Resources. This was part 1 of a two-part series. Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Refugee Students in Higher Education provides an overview of resources and effective practices for campuses to enroll and support refugee students, focused specifically on refugee students on F1... Continue Reading
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Request Special Student Relief and TPS or DED for Pakistanis in the United States

The Presidents’ Alliance co-wrote this letter to President Biden and Secretary Mayorkas to request Special Student Relief and TPS or DED for Pakistanis in the United States. Due to devastating flooding that left one-third of Pakistan underwater, over 100 organizations signed on to support a Senate request that the U.S. Department of Homeland Security grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) or Deferred Enforced Departure (DED) to individuals from Pakistan, and also to ask DHS-SEVP to grant Special Student Relief (SSR) to... Continue Reading
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DACA/Dreamers Op-Ed Content Ideas and Resources

State and local op-eds and other first person testimonials from college and university leaders are an important part of the larger legislative advocacy push to help solidify Dreamers’ futures in this country following the harmful Fifth Circuit ruling on DACA. To support the drafting of these first person essays, the Presidents’ Alliance has developed a potential op-ed arc and related resources for member institutions – either to stimulate thinking of how you can lead on drafting or to provide a... Continue Reading
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Calling on Congress to Prioritize DACA Recipients and Dreamers and Pass Bipartisan Dream Legislation this Year

The Presidents’ Alliance developed a template letter to Congress, particularly the Senate, for colleges and universities to adapt and send to their Senators or to their state congressional delegations in the wake of the decision from the Fifth Circuit Court of Appeals. The recent developments underscore the urgent need for Congress to act to provide permanent protections for all Dreamers via a pathway to citizenship. The goal of the letter is to assist colleges and universities in sharing their support... Continue Reading
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Webinar: Uplifting Campus Resources: Effective Practices to Support Undocumented Students in Higher Education

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

On Monday, October 10, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance and co-sponsors, TheDream.US, FWD.us, Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic at Penn State Law, and the Center for Immigration Law and Policy at UCLA, hosted a “Rapid Response Briefing on the Fifth Circuit Ruling on the Legality of DACA“. Speakers addressed the current legal context and implications of the recent ruling from the Fifth Circuit, what it means for current and prospective DACA recipients, and how higher ed can support their undocumented campus... Continue Reading
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DACA Update: What You Need to Know

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

On Wednesday, September 21, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with our partners, hosted “Arizona Proposition 308: Equal Access & Fairness in Higher Education for All Students”. This briefing discussed Arizona’s Proposition 308, which would provide equal access to in-state tuition and state financial aid to the state’s undocumented students. Higher education leaders, state policymakers, and immigration experts discussed how Arizona Prop. 308 would create equal and fair access to college in Arizona and would help bolster the state’s economy. This... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety Hearing on Immigration and Higher Education

On June 14, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration submitted a statement for the record for the Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety Hearing on Immigration and Higher Education hearing on “Strengthening our Workforce and Economy through Higher Education and Immigration”. Statement for the Record for Senate Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration, Citizenship, and Border Safety Hearing on Immigration and Higher Education Continue Reading
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Webinar: DACA’s Precarious Future: A Conversation with Legal Experts and Advocates

On Wednesday, June 8, 2022, the Presidents’ Alliance, along with our partners, hosted DACA’s Precarious Future: A Conversation with Legal Experts and Advocates. This briefing discussed DACA’s future as it moves through the Federal Court system. Legal experts discussed the current status of different court cases and why DACA’s future is so precarious despite this administration’s efforts to fortify DACA. Speakers laid out the legislative path ahead to build on DACA’s successes and press for bipartisan Dream legislation. This briefing... Continue Reading
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DACA’s 10th Anniversary

DACA is Turning 10! Nearly ten years ago, on June 15, 2012, the sustained advocacy and courageous storytelling of undocumented students won a transformative victory when the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program was announced. More than 800,000 individuals have since relied on the work permits, deportation protections, and other opportunities afforded by DACA to pursue their career and educational goals, including many on your respective campuses. In the process, these DACA recipients have demonstrated why expanding opportunities for... Continue Reading
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Comment Letter on Proposed Changes to IPEDS

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

Campus Checklists for Undocumented Students On October 5, 2022, the U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fifth Circuit ruled that DACA was illegal. However, since the Biden Administration’s new DACA regulation is to take effect on October 31, 2022, the Fifth Circuit stayed the results of its decision and sent the case back to the district court to rule on the legality of the new regulation. For current DACA recipients and DACA applicants, the status quo remains. For those who... Continue Reading
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Resources to Support International Students and Scholars from Countries Experiencing Violent Conflict and Humanitarian Crises

Policy Recommendations for USCIS: Supporting International Students and Scholars from Countries Experiencing Violent Conflict and Humanitarian Crises – We offer the following recommendations to support international students and scholars from countries experiencing violent conflict and humanitarian crises. For international students and scholars, individual circumstances may favor Temporary Protected Status (TPS), Special Student Relief (SSR), or Severe Economic Hardship (SEH). Streamlining all three will allow students to make the best decision without feeling the need to double-file because of uncertainty on... Continue Reading
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Comment Letter: U.S. Department of State: Proposed Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services-Nonimmigrant and Special Visa Fees, RIN 1400-AF33

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration submitted a comment letter in response to the request for public input from the U.S. Department of State: Proposed Rule: Schedule of Fees for Consular Services-Nonimmigrant and Special Visa Fees, RIN 1400-AF33, on proposed adjustment to the Schedule of Fees for Consular Services (Schedule of Fees) of the Bureau of Consular Affairs (CA) for several nonimmigrant visa application processing fees, the Border Crossing Card for Mexican citizens age 15 and over, and... Continue Reading
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What the Biden Administration Can Do to Help our Afghan Fulbrighters and Other Exchange Visitors

Both executive and congressional actions are needed in order to provide safe, legal pathways for our Afghan allies who wish to pursue higher education opportunities in the United States. In particular, relief is needed for Afghan Fulbright scholars and other exchange visitors, both current and alumni of the program. Afghan Fulbrighters and Other Exchange Visitors Need Waivers from 2-year Home Residency Requirement Background: Fulbright students and scholars receive J-1 visas to study in the United States. This type of visa... Continue Reading
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What Congress Can Do to Help our Afghan Fulbrighters and Other Exchange Visitors

Both executive and congressional actions are needed in order to provide safe, legal pathways for our Afghan allies who wish to pursue higher education opportunities in the United States. In particular, relief is needed for Afghan Fulbright scholars and other exchange visitors, both current and alumni of the program. Include Provisions for Afghan Fulbrighters, Exchange Visitors, and other Afghans who entered the United States on temporary, non-immigrant visas Rep. John Garamendi (Calif-3rd district) introduced H.R.5482 to provide Special Immigrant Visas... Continue Reading
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Helping Afghan Students Navigate the Visa Process

In this timely briefing, co-hosted by the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NAFSA: Association of International Educators, we heard from experts on how to help displaced Afghan students successfully navigate the visa process. With the increased number of Afghans who have fled their country of origin and are now seeking higher education opportunities in the United States, a broad array of campus stakeholders are eager to help them find paths to study, teach or conduct research. Drawing... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief: Access to Higher Education for DACA, TPS, and DED Students in the Build Back Better Act of 2021

On December 10, 2021 this policy brief was written for moderate Democrats, urging the inclusion of DACA, TPS, and DED recipients in the proposed expansion of higher education benefits. This was written prior to the parliamentarian’s decision on the parole provisions. View full policy brief here. Continue Reading
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Directory of Reconciliation Resources

This page contains an overview of all of our Reconciliation-related materials. We will continue to add resources as the reconciliation process evolves. Resources Policy Brief, Access to Higher Education for DACA, TPS, and DED Students in the Build Back Better Act of 2021, December 10, 2021 Policy Brief, CBO Scoring of Immigration Provisions in the Build Back Better Act, November 19, 2021 Vote Recommendation, Presidents’ Alliance Shares Vote Recommendation in Support of the Build Back Better Act, November 4, 2021... Continue Reading
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Briefing – University Sponsorship of Refugee Students: Initiative on Increasing U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students

On December 2, the Presidents’ Alliance and its partners in the Initiative on U.S. Education Pathways for Refugee Students held a briefing to discuss our newly released report and recommendations on university sponsorship of refugee students. Since an inaugural strategy meeting in May 2021, over a hundred individuals, representing over 60 organizations, have collaborated to create policy and program recommendations for the establishment of a refugee student pathway to US higher education through a college/university refugee sponsorship program, which involves... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief: CBO Scoring of Immigration Provisions in the Build Back Better Act

On November 18, 2021, the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) released its analysis of the immigration provisions of the Build Back Better act, which passed the House on November 19, 2021. To learn more about the CBO score, please read the full policy brief below. CBO Scoring of Immigration Provisions in the Build Back Better Act Continue Reading
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Wanted and Welcomed: International Students and Scholars Recommendations for Executive and Administrative Action

In honor and recognition of International Education Week, the Presidents’ Alliance has drafted recommendations for the Biden administration to bolster the United States’ position as the leading destination for international students and scholars seeking higher education opportunities and to ensure that we welcome a diversity of students from throughout the world. Full recommendations can be viewed here. Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Shares Vote Recommendation in Support of the Build Back Better Act

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

The Proposed DACA Regulation: What You Need to Know PennState Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic, Cornell Law School, and the Presidents’ Alliance collaborated to create this document providing an overview of the proposed regulation that would codify DACA eligibility into regulation. Continue Reading
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Managing Expectations: Supporting Afghan Scholars, Students, and Families

Managing Expectations: Supporting Afghan Scholars, Students, and Families Contributed by Dan Berger, member of the Presidents’ Alliance Legal Advisory Council. Dan Berger is a partner with Curran, Berger, and Kludt Immigration Law. One of the hardest parts of immigration advising for Afghan clients now is managing expectations given the many variables and ever-changing circumstances. I have written before about the challenge of immigration advising at times of change, but the level of uncertainty for Afghan cases goes beyond anything I... Continue Reading
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Directory of Afghanistan Advocacy and Resources

This page contains an overview of all of our Afghanistan-related materials. Due to the ongoing nature of this humanitarian crisis, we expect that our directory of resources will continue to grow. Advocacy Press Release Applauding Designation of TPS for Afghanistan Congressional Policy Brief on COMPETES and Afghan Adjustment Act Executive Action requests for Afghanistan Letter Urging Secretaries Blinken and Mayorkas to Protect Afghan Students, Scholars, Researchers, and their Families Template Letter for Institutions of Higher Education to Administration in Support... Continue Reading
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Summary of Reconciliation’s Legalization and Higher Ed Provisions

Summary of Reconciliation’s Legalization and Higher Ed Provisions The 117th Congress is currently considering legislation that would modernize our nation’s immigration laws through the creation of a roadmap to citizenship and expansion of access to higher education for the segments of the nation’s undocumented population. This legislation–contained in the FY 2022 Budget Reconciliation Resolution–must pass both the House and Senate and then be signed by the President to become law. On the House side, two committees, the House Judiciary Committee... Continue Reading
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Book Launch & Conversation: America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility

The Presidents’ Alliance held a conversation on September 14, 2021 to celebrate the launch of Dr. Rajika Bhandari’s new book, America Calling: A Foreign Student in a Country of Possibility. Dr. Bhandari is an international higher education expert and also serves as a Senior Advisor to the Presidents’ Alliance. Among a list of “most anticipated books for the rest of 2021,” America Calling is both a deeply personal story of Bhandari’s search for her place and voice, but also an... Continue Reading
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Higher Ed Afghan Response and Advocacy: Action & Information Briefing

On September 9, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance held a briefing, Higher Ed Afghan Response and Advocacy: Action & Information Briefing. This briefing shared with campuses what is happening on the ground for Afghan refugees coming to the US, what is needed, and how campuses can engage. Refugee resettlement, organizational and institutional leaders and policy experts addressed the significant needs of and the current policy and legal context for SIVs, Afghan students and scholars, and others coming to the U.S., as... Continue Reading
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Fact Sheet: Higher Ed Afghan Response and Advocacy

This fact sheet summarizes opportunities for universities and colleges to assist Afghan students and scholars during this ongoing humanitarian crisis in Afghanistan. Continue Reading
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Legal Pathways and Resources for Afghan Students and Scholars

A summary of legal pathways and resources for Afghan students and scholars. This document was prepared in partnership with PennState Law Center for Immigrants’ Rights Clinic and Curran, Berger, and Kludt Immigration Law. Continue Reading
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Letter to the House Judiciary Committee – Vote Recommendation Opposing Any Harmful Amendments Introduced in the House Judiciary Committee Markup

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

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration writes to urge the Senate to incorporate the following provisions through the FY 2022 budget reconciliation legislation: (a) incorporate a roadmap to citizenship for undocumented students, Dreamers, DACA recipients, and TPS holders; (b) expand Pell Grants and ensure that the expansion also provide eligibility to undocumented students, including DACA recipients; (c) ensure that any provision providing free community college also includes eligibility to undocumented students, including DACA recipients; and (d) include an... Continue Reading
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Template Letter for Institutions of Higher Education to Administration in Support of Afghan Students, Scholars, and Researchers DOS/DHS

The Presidents’ Alliance developed this template letter to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. Department of State (DOS) in support of Afghan students, scholars, and researchers in light of the ongoing instability in Afghanistan. The administration, across administrative agencies, has a variety of tools that it an implement to provide relief to Afghan noncitizens currently in the United States, including undocumented immigrants, international students, visiting scholars/researchers, and others. The goal of this document is to provide... Continue Reading
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Letter Urging Secretaries Blinken and Mayorkas to Protect Afghan Students, Scholars, Researchers, and their Families

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration writes to urge action to protect Afghan students, scholars, researchers, and their families seeking to come to the U.S., and those here in U.S. higher education institutions. Doing so will provide much-needed and well-deserved protection for this vulnerable population, and signal to current and prospective Afghan students and scholars that the United States is the preeminent destination for those wanting to study, live, and contribute. With the ongoing urgent conditions on the... Continue Reading
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Vote Recommendation Opposing Amendment Tillis 2765 to FY 2022 Budget Reconciliation

August 10, 2021   U.S. Senate 50 Constitution Ave NE Washington, D.C. 20515 Re: Vote Recommendation Opposing Amendment Tillis 2765 to FY 2022 Budget Reconciliation Dear Senator: The undersigned organizations write to you to urge you to VOTE NO on amendment Tillis 2765 and any other amendment to the FY 2022 concurrent budget resolution that would undermine states’ ability to offer in-state tuition to noncitizens. Under this amendment, the federal government would withhold federal education grants from states that offer... Continue Reading
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Letter Urging Senate to Pass DREAM Legislation in 2021

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

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

On Wednesday, July 28, the Presidents’ Alliance co-sponsored an event, hosted by the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC), called “Expanding the Workforce of the Midwest Through Common Sense Immigration Solutions.” America’s Midwest, which includes Indiana, Ohio, Missouri, Iowa, Wisconsin, and Michigan, heavily relies on immigrant workers to power key industries including agriculture, hospitality, restaurant, and healthcare industries. With historic workforce shortages affecting the nation — hitting the Midwest particularly hard — speakers discussed the urgency of immigration reform to strengthen... Continue Reading
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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 undocumented students to access federal financial aid or by offering them permanent residence. Sponsored by Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX-20), this one-hour briefing features a discussion impacted students, and immigration and higher education policy experts on current immigration legislation efforts and their... Continue Reading
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Rapid Response Briefing: The Texas Court Decision on DACA and Its Implications for Higher Education

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

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

On Tuesday, June 29, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition (ABIC) and the IMPAC Fund to host “Fulfilling Florida’s Promise: University President’s Forum on the Dream Act and Immigration Reform.” For decades, young undocumented immigrants have enrolled in our higher education institutions, strengthened our workforce, and fulfilled critical labor needs. Congressional action is required to unleash their economic potential. The event discussed the urgent need for our elected leaders to support the bipartisan Dream Act of... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Hearing re: How Outdated U.S. Immigration Policies Push Top Talent to Other Countries

On June 23, 2021 the Presidents’ Alliance submitted a statement for the record for the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship hearing regarding how outdated U.S. immigration policies push top talent to other countries. Statement for the Record for House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship Hearing re: How Outdated U.S. Immigration Policies Push Top Talent to Other Countries Continue Reading
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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 education, as well as long-term goals for increasing refugee student access to the U.S. and U.S. higher education. The webinar also marked the formal launch of the UARRM Student Voices for Refugees Toolkit, a collection of resources created... Continue Reading
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Policy Brief: Budget Reconciliation as an Approach to Passing Immigration Reform

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

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

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

On June 15, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance submitted a statement for the record for the Senate Committee on the Judiciary’s hearing on H.R.6, the American Dream and Promise Act. Statement for the Record for Senate Judiciary Committee Hearing on H.R.6 Continue Reading
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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 schools and hospitals to research laboratories. Despite their large presence and their critical contributions during the pandemic, international students and foreign-born workers in these fields continue to face significant immigration barriers related to entry and their... Continue Reading
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Higher Education Components of Key Immigration Legislation Impacting Undocumented Students

The Presidents’ Alliance compiled this resource, which explores the higher education components of recent and ongoing immigration legislative efforts. Congress is considering a wide variety of pieces of legislation, and each of them address different higher education priorities. This chart provides an overview of each bill’s provisions. For more information about Dreamer-specific legislation, click here. Higher Education Components of Key Immigration Legislation Impacting Undocumented Students Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Letter Supporting the Nomination of Ur Jaddou for USCIS Director

Presidents’ Alliance Letter Supporting the Nomination of Ur Jaddou for USCIS Director May 26, 2021 Dear Chairman Durbin, Ranking Member Grassley, and Members of the Senate Judiciary Committee: On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we write to express our strong support for the nomination of Ur Jaddou for Director of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS) U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). Based on Ms. Jaddou’s extensive professional experiences, far-ranging expertise, and her thoughtful... Continue Reading
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Comment in Response to USCIS’ Request for Information on Barriers to Benefits and Legalization

On May 18, 2021 the Presidents’ Alliance of Higher Education and Immigration submitted a comment in response to USCIS’ request for information regarding policies, regulations, and other guidance that functioned as obstacles to benefits and legalization. Comment in Response to USCIS’ Request for Information on Barriers to Benefits and Legalization The Presidents’ Alliance also signed onto a group comment submitted by ACE (link forthcoming). Continue Reading
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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 experience, and as supplemental training and experiential learning. Read more here. 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 ways. Thanks to the professionalism and dedication of our foreign affairs offices and other State Department staff, some student and exchange visitor visas have been processed even during the height of the pandemic. But more must be... Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for House Judiciary Hearing on Barriers to Immigration Benefits

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

Presidents’ Alliance Coalition of 500+ Presidents Urge Passage of U.S. Citizenship Act Transmitted electronically United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 United States House of Representatives Washington, D.C. 20515 Dear Member of Congress: On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we write to express our full support of the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021, introduced by Senator Robert Menendez (D-NJ) in the Senate and Representative Linda Sánchez (D-CA) in the House, and urge you to cosponsor and... Continue Reading
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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 contains analysis of the impact of bans on international students and scholars. Read the full statement below. Presidents’ Alliance Statement for the Record for NO BAN Act Markup 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 enrollment on U.S. campuses. We covered newly released data and visa processing and travel restriction policy issues. Speakers, including policy and data experts and campus and international education leaders, discussed how campus leaders can support advocacy actions to... 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, communities, and country. The Presidents’ Alliance, which is composed of more than 500 presidents and chancellors of public and private colleges and universities in 43 states, D.C., and Puerto Rico, works to advance immigration policies and practices that are consistent with our heritage... 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 Dream Act of 2021, what it means now that the House has passed the American Dream and Promise Act of 2021, and other related legislation. Speakers discussed how campuses can support legislative advocacy and their students during this pivotal time... 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 higher education leaders, including Presidents’ Alliance members Vincent Price (Duke University President) and Krista L. Newkirk (Converse College President). You can find a recording of the event here. 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 summit featured business leaders, CEOs, university presidents and bipartisan elected officials, including Sen. Mitt Romney (R-UT); Arizona Governor Doug Ducey (R-AZ); U.S. Senator Michael Bennet (D-CO), Colorado Gov. Jared Polis; U.S. Senator Kyrsten Sinema (D-AZ); and U.S. Senator Mark Kelly (D-AZ). The summit... 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 Immigration Coalition, and Texas Opportunity Coalition, and co-sponsored by the Presidents’ Alliance, among other partners. Presidents’ Alliance member Taylor Eighmy, President of the University of Texas at San Antonio, spoke at the event. For more details, including the recording, click... Continue Reading
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Template Letter to Congress on the U.S. Citizenship Act of 2021 for Higher Ed Institutions

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

On February 19, 2021, the Presidents’ Alliance partnered with the American Business Immigration Coalition to host the New England Business Immigration Summit, featuring Sens. Markey and King and Harvard President Bacow and Colby College President Green. The focus of the summit was to educate, engage and motivate a broad group of business, university and elected leaders to advance sensible federal immigration reform in 2021 that addresses the problems, not just the symptoms, including high and low skilled visas, agricultural visas... Continue Reading
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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 guide immigrants through this complex system. Students are eager to learn more about immigration and how they can direct their energies, passions, and talents to support immigrant justice. As hubs of knowledge, innovation, and social change... Continue Reading
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Rethinking Tuition for Undocumented Students Through Interstate Tuition Agreements (ITAs): A Way Forward?

Substantial hurdles remain for undocumented students to access and graduate from higher education institutions. These hurdles include being barred from enrolling in public institutions in three states (Alabama, Georgia, and South Carolina) and facing restrictions on accessing in-state tuition in five more states (Missouri, New Hampshire, North Carolina, Tennessee, and Wisconsin). As a result, it is important to identify additional pathways for undocumented students to access higher education opportunities. One route could be through inter-state tuition agreements (ITAs), which offer students,... Continue Reading
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BRIEFING: Refugee Advocacy and Higher Education Access

  Earlier this month, the Presidents’ Alliance co-hosted a convening with the University Alliance for Refugees and At-Risk Migrants (UARRM), the United Nations High Commissioner for Refugees (UNHCR), and Rutgers Global on Refugee Advocacy and Higher Education Access. Participants discussed ways they can get involved as advocates for increasing educational opportunities for refugees living in and outside of the United States. View recorded video. View agenda and speaker list. Continue Reading
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Statement for the Record for Hearing on the U.S. Immigration System and the Need for Bold Reforms

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

Letter to Secretary Mayorkas Regarding Recommendations on Domestic and International Students Transmitted electronically February 9, 2021 The Honorable Alejandro Mayorkas Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Nebraska Avenue Complex 3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, D.C. 20395 Re: Recommendations on Domestic Immigrant and International Students Dear Secretary Mayorkas: On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we write to congratulate you on your confirmation as Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and provide policy, regulatory,... Continue Reading
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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 and Customs Enforcement Regarding International Student Enrollment Flexibility February 5, 2021 Tae Johnson Acting Director U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement U.S. Department of Homeland Security 500 – 12th St., SW Washington, D.C. 20536 John Trasviña Principal Legal Advisor 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 Honorable Antony Blinken U.S. Department of State Office of the Secretary Room 7226 Harry S. Truman Building 2201 C Street, NW Washington, D.C. 20520 Dear Secretary Blinken: On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we... Continue Reading
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Letter to Acting Education Secretary Rosenfelt on COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Immigrant Students

On January 29, 2021, we sent a letter to Acting Education Secretary Rosenfelt to request clarification that new COVID-19 emergency relief grants are available to undocumented students. Letter to Acting Education Secretary Rosenfelt on COVID-19 Emergency Grants for Immigrant Students Delivered electronically to phil.rosenfelt@ed.gov January 29, 2021 The Honorable Phil Rosenfelt Acting Secretary of Education 400 Maryland Avenue, SW Washington, DC 20202 Dear Acting Secretary Rosenfelt: We write on behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration to... Continue Reading
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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 Secretary U.S. Department of Homeland Security Office of the Secretary Nebraska Avenue Complex 3801 Nebraska Avenue, NW Washington, DC 20395 Dear Acting Secretary Pekoske: On behalf of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, we write... Continue Reading
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RAPID RESPONSE BRIEFING: What’s Next?: The Future of DACA in Regards to Litigation, Executive Action & Legislation

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and TheDream.US hosted a briefing for members, partners, and advocates to provide information on the future of DACA. The briefing shared the latest updates on President Biden’s executive actions and legislative proposal relating to DACA and Dreamer students, as well as on the Fifth Circuit legal challenge that threatens the continued existence of DACA. Speakers discussed how we expect DACA to change under the Biden-Harris administration, the efforts to expand protections and... Continue Reading
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Directory of Major Immigration Developments and Recommendations During First 100 Days of Biden Administration

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

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

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

This document outlines higher education and immigration-related executive and administrative actions for the incoming Biden/Harris administration. The ​Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration​ calls on the incoming administration to consider these actions within its first 100 days. We may continue to update this document as necessary. Executive and Administrative Immigration and Higher Education Actions Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Comment 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.” Presidents’ Alliance Comment Letter on the DOL H-1B Visa Interim Final Rule (November 9, 2020)     Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance Comment Opposing New Proposed Duration of Status Rules

On October 26, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance of Higher Education and Immigration submitted a comment in opposition to the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s (DHS’s) new proposed rule eliminating duration of status for international students. Presidents’ Alliance Comment Opposing New Proposed Duration of Status Rules Continue Reading
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BRIEFING: First and Second Generation Immigrant Students in Higher Education: What Campus Leaders Need to Know — Crucial Stakes for Higher Education and Our Country

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

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

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration commissioned a Migration Policy Institute-produced report, Immigrant-Origin Students in U.S. Higher Education, demonstrating that in 2018 more than 5.3 million students, or 28% of all students enrolled in colleges and universities, were immigrants or the children of immigrants. The report’s findings reveal the growing proportion of first and second generation immigrant students in postsecondary education, the diversity of these students, and their importance for future U.S. labor growth. The report’s findings also show... Continue Reading
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Letter Requesting Extended Comment Period for New Proposed Duration of Status Rule

On October 8, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration led 90 organizations, ranging from higher education institutions to national organizations, in submitting a letter to acting U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) leadership to request an extended 60-day comment period on DHS’s new proposed rule on duration of status. On October 26, 2020, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) replied, declining to extend the comment period. Letter Requesting Extended Comment Period for New Proposed Duration of Status... Continue Reading
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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 proposed rule would constitute the largest changes to regulation of international students and scholars in 20 years, and result in further declines of international students to the U.S. The briefing featured legal... 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 letter so we can uplift, please email jose@presidentsalliance.org. Higher Education “Talking Points” Template Comment for Proposed D/S Rule Continue Reading
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New Report: New Administration Policy Will Reduce Number of DACA Recipients Through Higher Cost, Delays, and Denials

On September 29, 2020, the Presidents’ Alliance and TheDream.US released a new report, Discouraging and Denying Renewals: An Assessment on the Impact of the July 2020 DHS Memorandum on DACA, which surveyed close to 1,800 DACA recipients to assess the impact of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s new DACA policies. You can read the full report here, our press release here, and supplemental narratives here. Key takeaways from the report include: The majority of survey respondents (62 percent) said that the... Continue Reading
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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 exchange visitor visas. If finalized without change, the proposed rule would constitute the largest changes to regulation of international students and scholars in 20 years. The fact sheet provides an overview of the proposed... Continue Reading
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Congress must include immigrant workers and students in next round of COVID relief

Thousands of work authorized immigrants are risking their health as essential workers to keep our country running during a pandemic, so why has federal coronavirus relief written off immigrant workers and students? With the start of school well underway on campuses and in communities, it is incumbent on Congress to support all workers, students, and families harmed by the continuing pandemic. The next legislation responding to COVID-19 must prioritize automatically extending work authorization and the underlying status for all work-authorized... Continue Reading
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Immigration and Education – NP Omnibus Results for August 2020

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and NP Strategy Group present new polling on higher education and immigration that shows support for COVID-19 relief measures for immigrant workers and students. Review the findings here. Continue Reading
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Letters to Congressional Leadership on Extension of Employment Authorization in Fourth COVID-19 Legislative Package

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

The briefing addressed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) memo, recent court developments, what higher education leaders and campuses need to know, how we can best support undocumented students and DACA recipients, and actions we can take now. The briefing featured leading immigration, legal, and advocacy experts and crucial campus voices, including the perspective of campus leaders and DACA recipients, and the practical, institutional actions and advocacy steps campuses can take to support these students. View Recorded Video Download... Continue Reading
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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 International airport (LAX). International Student Entry Eligibility Requirements Per SEVP’s Updated March 6, 2020 Guidance for Fall 2020 Semester August 7, 2020 Ms. LaFonda Sutton-Burke Port Director, LAX U.S. Customs and Border Protection Los Angeles International Airport... Continue Reading
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Toolkit for Higher Ed Institutions to Respond to DACA Rescission 2.0

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

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

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

On July 29, 2020, the House Judiciary Committee Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship held a Hearing on Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Service. In support of this hearing, the Presidents’ Alliance submitted its statement for the record. Read the full statement below. Presidents’ Alliance Statement for Hearing on Oversight of U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services Continue Reading
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Template 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 guidance that bars international students who are only enrolled in online courses; the Presidential Proclamation of April 22, 2020; visa processing delays and difficulties due to the COVID-19 crisis; and general threats to Optional Practical Training... 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 that continue with all online classes for Fall 2020. Speakers explained what we know and don’t know about the new guidance, shared crucial campus and student perspectives, and discussed potential litigation and advocacy opportunities. View Recorded Video... Continue Reading
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Talking Points for Higher Ed Institutions on ICE SEVP Guidance

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

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

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

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Policy Brief: Ending DACA Would Limit Access to Higher Education in Ten States

This policy brief examines the impact of ending Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) on access to higher education in ten states. The brief notes that ending DACA would potentially block thousands of current DACA recipients and DACA-eligible individuals from either enrolling in public institutions or being eligible for in-state tuition in the ten states. The U.S. Supreme Court ruled on June 18, 2020 to maintain DACA in place. However, the Supreme Court’s decision does not preclude the Trump administration... Continue Reading
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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 other sectors? How should we engage? The briefing featured leading immigration legal experts, litigators, student voices, and campus perspectives. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Madhan Arulanandam, Director, International Student Concerns, National Association of Graduate-Professional Students Miriam... Continue Reading
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Letter on Recommendations for the Fourth COVID-19 Relief Package to Support International, DACA, and Undocumented Students

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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 analysis of the decision; its implications for current and prospective DACA recipients; impact on colleges and universities; and opportunities for state, federal, and higher ed advocacy. This briefing featured the perspectives of college and university system... 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, our communities, and our nation. Talking Points: Supreme Court Decision on DACA Presidents’ Alliance Statement on Supreme Court’s Decision Finding Administration’s Rescission of DACA Was Unlawful   Continue Reading
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Follow-up Letter to DHS and DOS with Recommendations on Visa Processing and OPT in Light of COVID-19 Crisis

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Letter to the White House in Support of OPT and STEM OPT

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Higher Education Guide to Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

This resource provides guidelines and suggestions for higher education institutions who wish to establish and implement funding and experiential learning opportunities for undergraduate and graduate undocumented students. The guide compares admissions and funding opportunities for undocumented students and DACA recipients, provides an overview of funding and financial aid options, and describes non-employee-based student funding opportunities. Higher Education Guide to Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students Continue Reading
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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 running. We need to have the next innovation and ground-breaking research happen in the U.S. Foreign students benefit not only our colleges and universities and American students, but also our... 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 one of the leading journalists engaged in international education issues as well as advocacy and action steps that campuses can take now. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Dan Berger, Partner, Curran, Berger & Kludt Alan... 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 Duration of Status for International Students and Exchange Visitors (October 8, 2020) D/S–Higher Education “Talking Points” Template Comment for Proposed D/S Rule (October 7, 2020) D/S–Fact Sheet: Proposed Regulation on the Change of Admission Period of F, J,... 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

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WEBINAR: How to Create Non-Employment Based Fellowships and Other Funding Opportunities for Undocumented Students

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

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

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

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

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

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

Now that the new federal regulation on immigration public charge is taking effect, college and university administrators are scrambling to answer questions from students, faculty and other staff about how the new rule will affect them. This timely, informative webinar will provide a basic overview of the new rule and how it is reshaping the green-card application process for millions of immigrants. View Recorded Video Download Supporting Materials Speakers Amanda Bergson-Shilcock, Senior Fellow, National Skills Coalition Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director,... Continue Reading
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FAQs for Campuses on Immigration Enforcement and Site Visits

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

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

On December 4, 2020, a federal district court ruled in Batalla v. Trump that the Trump administration must restore Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) to its original terms. The court’s decision rescinds the most recent memorandum that severely limited and undermined DACA, effectively restoring the terms and eligibility of the original 2012 DACA memo. Though the court’s decision is positive news, there is another court case by state’s attorney generals in the Southern District of Texas that threatens the... Continue Reading
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Steering Committee Letter to Congress Supporting NO BAN Act

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Higher Education and the Census Projections—How the Future of Colleges and Universities Is Tied to Immigration Policy and Flows

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WEBINAR: Alternative Income and Career Options for Undocumented Students

This recorded webinar is geared for students and alumni who may not have DACA or Temporary Protected Status (TPS) and for those who do hold these statuses but worry that it might end. No matter what comes, there are options! On campus, you may be eligible for research, learning or teaching fellowships that are not employment-based or scholarships providing funding for your education and living expenses. And, beyond campus, undocumented people without DACA or TPS can pursue careers and incomes,... Continue Reading
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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 contains analysis of the impact of bans on international students and scholars. Read the full statement below. Presidents’ Alliance Statement for the Record for NO BAN Act Markup 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 February 22, 2020. The expanded travel ban consists of a Presidential Proclamation enacts enacting restrictions for certain types of nationals from Eritrea, Kyrgyzstan, Myanmar, Nigeria, Sudan, and Tanzania. The existing proclamation, sometimes known as Travel Ban 3.0, already bans some or all... Continue Reading
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Expanding Eligibility for Professional and Occupational Licensing for Immigrants

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Presidents’ Alliance and Member Comments on Increased Immigration Fees

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Steering Committee Letter to Congress Supporting Fairness for High-Skilled Immigrants Act of 2019

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

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

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An Undocumented Student Guide To College in Michigan

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

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

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

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

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

The Hispanic National Bar Association created a toolkit to empower advocates, lawyers, students, and others to expand equal access to financial aid for Dreamers through private, state, and institutional actors. The toolkit provides the resources and tools to: Encourage private scholarships and foundations to rescind any “citizenship” requirement. Educate state legislature on the importance of Dreamer-friendly laws, especially around higher education access and tuition. Contact alma matters and other educational institutions and encourage them to adopt Dreamer-friendly admission and financial aid policies. Download the... Continue Reading
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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 international students, faculty, and staff. Download the policy guide. Continue Reading
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FAQ: Non-Employment-Based Educational Funding Opportunities

This FAQ details the process of establishing fellowships and grants available to all students, regardless of immigration status, at higher education institutions. Download the documentation. Continue Reading
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Audio Recording for Presidents’ Alliance Briefing on Dream and Promise Act

On March 14, 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance held a telephonic briefing for members to provide an overview, analysis, and next steps regarding H.R. 6, the Dream and Promise Act of 2019. The briefing included partners from FWD.us and a Deferred Enforced Departure recipient and PhD student, Yatta Kiazolu. The briefing also contained presentations from Presidents’ Alliance staff. To download the zip file containing the audio of the briefing, click below. 2019-03-14 Audio Recording of Member Briefing on Dream 2019_STREAMLINED Continue Reading
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Learning Circle – Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College: Learning from Higher Ed Innovators

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

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

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

The Steering Committee sent a letter to Congressional leadership to request permanent protections for DACA recipients and TPS holders. Re: Permanent Legislative Protections for DACA Recipients and TPS Holders February 4, 2019 Representative Nancy Pelosi Speaker of the House United States House of Representatives Room H-232, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Representative Kevin McCarthy Minority Leader United States House of Representatives Room H-204, The Capitol Washington, DC 20515 Senator Mitch McConnell Majority Leader United States Senate Room S-230, The Capitol... Continue Reading
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Talking Points on The Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6

Talking Points on The Dream and Promise Act, H.R. 6 Talking points on the Dream and Promise Act, including messaging explaining who would be able to obtain relief under the bill, economic benefits, and the importance of in-state tuition. These talking points are part of the Alliance’s toolkit on the Dream and Promise Act. Talking Points on Dream and Promise Act Continue Reading
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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 regarding the calculation of “unlawful presence” for holders of F, J, or M visas. The brief urges the federal court to grant the plaintiffs’ motion for a preliminary injunction. This “friend of the court” brief presents... Continue Reading
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The Presidents’ Alliance submits comment letter opposing the proposed “public charge” order

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration and the Community College Consortium for Immigrant Education submit joint comment letter opposing the proposed “public charge” order. The letter expands on ten grave concerns and issues for higher education. “As educators and leaders of higher education institutions and organizations, we know that when students and their families are unable to meet core living and housing needs or face higher costs, the students are less likely to pursue and continue with their... Continue Reading
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Supporting Undocumented Students via Resource Centers: What Institutions can Learn from New Research and Best Practices

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, TheDream.US, and the UndocuScholars Project at UCLA co-sponsored this webinar presenting the findings of two new studies: “In Their Own Words, Higher Education, DACA & TPS: Results from a National Survey of TheDream.US Scholars;” and “Undocumented Student Resource Centers (USRCs): Institutional Supports for Undocumented Students.” Leaders from USRCs discuss their effective practices and how to start, run, and sustain these centers. Continue Reading
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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’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration submits these comments in response to the notice at 83 Fed. Reg. 137, 33762-33794 (July 17, 2018), Docket Number: ICEB-2017-0003, regarding the proposed increases in program fees for the Student and Exchange Visitor Program (SEVP). The new... 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 United States Senate Washington, D.C. 20510 Dear Chairman Grassley and Ranking Member Feinstein, We the undersigned representing higher and international education, business, immigration, and human rights organizations are alarmed by what appears to be a comprehensive plan of the U.S. Citizenship... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance joined Catholic Legal Immigration Network and 300+ organizations to send a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen urging Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guatemala

Over 300 national, state, and local immigrant, religious, labor, and civil rights organizations sent a letter to Kristjen Nielsen, Secretary of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, asking her to grant Temporary Protected Status (TPS) for Guatemala in light of recent environmental disasters. TPS provides the ability to work and protection from deportation for foreign nationals who cannot be safely returned to their home countries due to extraordinary and temporary conditions, such as an environmental disaster. Re: Request to Designate... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance joined HACU and others to send a letter to Speaker of the House Ryan calling for legislation that supports Dreamers and protects family unity

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

June 19, 2018 Urgent Call to Congress: Bring to a Vote Bipartisan Immigration Bills that Will Permanently Protect Dreamers and Uphold our Values This week, the House of Representatives is considering a vote on two partisan immigration measures. After careful review, we cannot support either. Both proposals fall far short for our Dreamer students and alumni, while incorporating provisions that would radically alter our immigration system in ways that do not serve our nation’s long-term interests or the demands of... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance 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 Higher Education and Immigration is a non-partisan alliance of currently more than 365 college and university presidents and chancellors, representing public and private institutions from across the nation. We are dedicated to increasing public understanding of how immigration policies and practices impact our... Continue Reading
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Presidents’ Alliance calls on Congress to pass bipartisan legislation to protect Dreamers

Letter to Congress Urging Bipartisan Legislation to Grant DACA Recipients Permanent Relief and a Path to Citizenship TO THE MEMBERS OF THE U.S HOUSE OF REPRESENTATIVES AND THE U.S. SENATE: We write in strong support of the efforts being made by members of the House of Representatives to bring bipartisan legislation to the floor that would provide a permanent relief and a pathway to citizenship for the approximately 700,000 current Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (“DACA”) recipients. Indeed, we call... Continue Reading
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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’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration writes in response to the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) policy memorandum of May 10, 2018, “Accrual of Unlawful Presence and F, J, and M Nonimmigrants,” to express our grave concerns with the... 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) May 24, 2018 The Honorable Carl C. Risch Assistant Secretary Bureau of Consular Affairs Department of State 2201 C Street, NW Washington, DC 20520 Submitted via www.regulations.gov Dear Assistant Secretary Risch, We, the 56 undersigned organizations that, in turn, represent over... Continue Reading
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Press Release: More than 70 U.S. Colleges and Universities Join in Supporting the Legal Challenge to the Administration’s Ending DACA

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

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

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

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

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