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Higher Education Leaders Call Proposed “Public Charge” Rule Harmful and Counterproductive for Immigrants and the Country

The Department of Homeland Security has proposed regulations that would penalize low-income immigrants, who receive or who are “likely to receive” public benefits, such as health, housing, and food assistance, that are critical to ensuring they enroll and succeed in higher education.

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Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration Expresses Dismay with the Administration’s New Refugee Ceiling, Urges Consultation with Congress and Increase in Cap to at least 75,000

Washington, D.C.—​ This week the Administration announced that the new FY2019 refugee ceiling will be set at 30,000. This is the lowest cap since the inception of the U.S. Refugee Admissions Program in 1980, and woefully inadequate to meet the urgent needs of the global refugee crisis. At a time when there are nearly seventy…

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The Presidents’ Alliance submitted a comment letter on the proposed SEVIS fee increases

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,…

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Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration’s Statement on Texas DACA Ruling

Washington, D.C.— We were gratified to learn of District Judge Andrew Hanen’s ruling today which means that DACA renewals will continue for now. This is important news for students, campuses, and communities across the country. We strongly encourage DACA recipients who are eligible to renew to do so. But, this relief should not be temporary.…

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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

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 and Immigration Services (USCIS) to target legal immigrants through reinterpretation of long-standing immigration law and policy. USCIS has released a…

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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…

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Media Release: Presidents’ Alliance calls the Executive Order on family separations “inadequate and misdirected”

The Executive Order issued yesterday that halted the Administration’s policy to separate children from their families was needed, but is inadequate and misdirected. It does not address the thousands of children who have already been separated from their families, and, indeed, its solution will lead to the increased detention of children, bringing further harm to…

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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

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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”

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…

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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…

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