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Chancellor Travels to D.C. to Advocate for Dreamers

April 17, 2019

Kenneth Mashinchi | UC Merced April 2, 2019 Chancellor Dorothy Leland made her way to Capitol Hill this week for the first convening of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration. Leland is a founding member of the alliance, which spent Monday engaging with immigration policy analysts, coalition leaders, research, legal experts and policymakers…

Rallying Behind DACA (Video)

March 20, 2019

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

Why Trump-era policies create new barriers to legal immigration to the US

March 20, 2019

Alexandra Villarreal | The Guardian March 19, 2019 When Moshe Schulman’s then fiancee visited the United States consulate in Casablanca, he believed that she would leave her interview – for a K-1 visa – with permission to return to New York and they could finally stop conducting their relationship long-distance. Instead, she walked out with even…

Democrats unveil bill to give DACA, TPS recipients path to citizenship

March 13, 2019

By Keerthi Vedantam | Cronkite News Tuesday, March 12, 2019 WASHINGTON – House Democrats unveiled legislation Tuesday that would provide a pathway to citizenship for an estimated 2 million immigrants protected under the Deferred Action on Childhood Arrivals, Temporary Protected Status and other programs. The Dream and Promise Act, which would also apply to recipients…

Why are Trump and Congress avoiding comprehensive immigration reform?

March 11, 2019

President Trump signed the spending bill on Feb. 15, which keeps the government open through the end of the fiscal year. Included is about a quarter of the funding he sought for a border wall. That’s not nearly enough to effectively improve border security in any real way. But also absent was a real solution…

Giving young undocumented immigrants a driver’s license benefits us all: Rutgers student and chancellor

February 12, 2019

For many New Jersey young people, getting a driver’s license is a critical on-ramp to their road to success. With 420,000 college students statewide but dormitories less than half of all campuses, ours is a state where access to educational opportunity for hundreds of thousands of students can depend on being able to drive to school. But current…

DACA Still Stands But Congress Must Act

February 8, 2019

As a nation, we are at a pivotal crossroads for immigration policy. And as chancellor at the University of California, Merced, I am acutely aware of the impact that federal immigration policy has on the nearly 600 undocumented students on our campus — the highest percentage of enrollment at any UC campus. I urge Congress…

How higher ed will be a battleground for immigration debates in 2019

January 5, 2019

In 2019, immigration advocates expect that higher education institutions will be at the forefront of US immigration policy debates. From the uncertainty around the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program to the Trump administration’s new planned changes for student visas and work authorization programs, educators say they’re concerned about how immigration policy will ultimately impact…

Opposition to Public Charge Rule

December 12, 2018

A number of colleges and higher education groups have registered their opposition to a proposed rule by the Trump administration that would redefine how the government determines an immigrant or nonimmigrant visitor is likely to become a “public charge” and thus ineligible for a green card or other change of immigration status. Current regulations dating…

The Dream Act Remains a Distant Dream

December 3, 2018

For the first time ever, a Dreamer is a Rhodes Scholar. Jin Kyu Park of Harvard is among the 32 American Rhodes Scholars named in early November. His story is the latest evidence of the extraordinary achievements of Dreamers in American higher education. According to TheDream.US, the largest scholarship organization supporting young undocumented immigrants who came into the United…