Advocacy

Template Letter to Congressional Delegations with Recommendations for Visa Processing and OPT

May 6, 2020

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 in support of visa processing and Optional Practical Training (OPT) issues due to the COVID-19 crisis; and to utilize in talking points and messaging. 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.

Template State Delegation Letter (.DOC format)


Higher Ed Toolkit to Prepare for the Supreme Court’s Decision on DACA

April 2020

The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration prepared this toolkit to support colleges and universities in their response to the forthcoming Supreme Court on Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). This toolkit contains sample press statements, quotes, tweets, campus messages; and links to helpful resources. We expect the Court to issue a decision on DACA sometime in April of 2020, with the decision coming out no later than June of 2020.

If your institution issues a press statement, please share with info@presidentsalliance.org so we can uplift; and if your social media department tweets on this issue, please tag or follow @PresImmAlliance so we can retweet your institutions’ social media posts.

Higher Ed Toolkit to Prepare for the Supreme Court’s Decision on DACA


Template State Delegation Letter for Higher Ed Institutions to Support DACA Recipients

April 1, 2020

The Presidents’' Alliance developed the below 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 preparation or in response to a Supreme Court decision on DACA. The template letter highlights DACA and undocumented student demographics and economic contributions, shares qualitative data regarding DACA recipients, and provides specific recommendations for the congressional delegation to take. 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.

Template State Delegation Letter (.DOC format)


 Toolkit for Colleges and Universities for Expanded Travel Ban

January 31, 2020

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 immigrants from Iran, Libya, North Korea, Somalia, Syria, Yemen; and certain visitors from these countries and Venezuela. For more resources and information on the travel bans, please visit NAFSA’s resources page, Penn State Law’s resource page, and the National Immigration Law Center. You can read the language of the proclamation here.

http://bit.ly/PATravelBanToolkit

PDF. You can also download a .PDF of the toolkit using this link, though the above link will always contain the latest version of the toolkit.


Expanding Eligibility for Professional and Occupational Licensing for Immigrants

In September of 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration; FWD.us, Niskanen Center, TheDream.US, and United We Dream released a groundbreaking report that urges Congress and state legislatures to expand access to professional, business, and commercial licenses (also known as “occupational licenses”) to Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) recipients, Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders, and all other immigrants with the ability to lawfully work.

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


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