How colleges are helping undocumented students in uncertain times

May 8, 2020

“For practical and security reasons, most colleges don’t keep lists of their unauthorized students. But they may be able to target their outreach by focusing on students who didn’t file a Free Application for Federal Student Aid, or on those who are listed as international but have U.S. addresses. That’s how unauthorized students are classified…

Dramatic Increase in Number of Undocumented Students Attending U.S. Colleges

April 17, 2020

Our executive director, Miriam Feldblum, was recently quoted on Politico. Check it out here.

About 280,000 essential healthcare workers in the US are undocumented

April 17, 2020

“Imagine being on the frontlines of the fight against coronavirus—tending to the sick and risking your life—while anxiously awaiting news about whether you’ll soon be deported to a country you left as a child, and scrambling to do immigration paperwork just in case you catch a break. “That is the situation that tens of thousands…

US educators push for clarity on work rules and protections for students

April 1, 2020

“As coronavirus continues to steer the international education sector further into unchartered territory, a webinar has revealed educators are worried about the enduring appeal of the country as a study destination if visa processing is not revived soon enough, and work rules are not clarified. “With the industry at a ‘shelter in place’ footing with…

What Can New England Colleges and Universities Do to Prepare for a SCOTUS Decision on DACA?

March 11, 2020

“Last November, the U.S. Supreme Court heard arguments on whether the administration could rescind Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA), with the fate of over 650,000 DACA recipients in the balance. While a decision is expected by June 2020, colleges and universities—including New England institutions—can begin preparing now. “As of September 2019, New England is…

College Promise Programs and Undocumented Students

March 4, 2020

“Roughly 98,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the U.S. every year, according to recent estimates by the Migration Policy Institute. These students face a number of barriers to postsecondary education. “Due to federal regulations they are ineligible for federal financial aid, including Pell and other grants, work-study and subsidized loans. Even with the…

Trump administration wants time limits on student visas

February 18, 2020

“Miriam Feldblum, executive director of the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, says the current system makes sense and does not need such a drastic rule change. Her organization represents hundreds of university presidents across the U.S., including the University of Pennsylvania and Drexel University. “‘It’s going to increase uncertainty for students and campuses,…

5 ways universities can support students in a post-DACA world

January 24, 2020

“Jose Magaña-Salgado, director of policy and communications for the Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration, told your host that college presidents are preparing for all possible outcomes as they wait for the Supreme Court decision, which is expected later this year, on whether the Obama-era program will continue. “The alliance estimated there are about…

Universities are preparing for the future of dreamers amid DACA’s potential rollback

January 13, 2020

Narivi Roblero, a sophomore at UNC, came to the United States from Guatemala when she was six months old. “When I was growing up, I didn’t really acknowledge the fact that I was undocumented,” she said. “I knew I was undocumented, but I didn’t know what that meant.” Roblero explained that since she received Deferred…

Over 1,700 undocumented UC students will be affected by outcome of DACA case before Supreme Court

December 3, 2019

The nine U.S. Supreme Court justices heard oral arguments both for and against the ending of Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, also known as DACA, on Nov. 12. Their ruling will impact the trajectory of the over 660,000 undocumented young adults in America who are DACA recipients. DACA started in 2012 under President Barack Obama’s…