November 27, 2019

Duke has joined more than 100 colleges and universities filing an amicus (friend of the court) brief in federal court defending the federal Optional Practical Training (OPT) immigration program. OPT is a work authorization created in 1992 as part of the F-1 visa program for international students. It allows students from overseas to work in the U.S.…

What to Know About Optional Practical Training

November 27, 2019

MORE THAN A MILLION international students are studying at U.S. colleges and universities. For many of them, the opportunity doesn’t end after graduation thanks to the federal Optional Practical Training program, known as OPT, which for decades has allowed them to temporarily work in the U.S. Both recent graduates and current international students alike are eligible for…

Is OPT in Peril?

November 26, 2019

More than 100 U.S. colleges signed on to an amicus brief opposing a lawsuit that seeks to end the optional practical training program, which allows international students to work in the U.S. for up to three years after graduating while staying on their student visas. Colleges say that ending the program would severely harm the…

College leaders back OPT for international students in court fight with union

November 25, 2019

More than 100 colleges and universities are defending a foreign student work program that’s the target of a yearslong federal court battle. The “Optional Practical Training” program — known widely in education circles as OPT — has taken fire from a West Coast labor union that argues the policy was unlawfully implemented and unfairly disadvantages…

U.S. Supreme Court Weighs DACA’s Fate as Immigrants Rally Outside

November 14, 2019

As thousands of undocumented immigrants and their supporters rallied on the steps of the U.S. Supreme Court on a cold, rainy morning, their fates rested in the hands of nine justices who by some accounts on Tuesday seemed to be leaning toward allowing the protections that have kept the immigrants from deportation to end. See…

Home is Here- Maricruz’s Story

October 30, 2019

Being a teacher means working long hours — it also means making kids feel like they belong. Maricruz is the daughter of agricultural workers and a 3rd grade bilingual education teacher in the same school district she grew up in. She immigrated to the United States from Mexico at 7-years-old and found a home in…

DACA Hits High Court: SCOTUS Deep Dive

October 30, 2019

Bloomberg Law, Case and Controversies podcast interviewed Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration’s Director of Policy and Communications, Jose Magaña- Salgado about the forthcoming SCOTUS hearing on DACA and the Alliance’s higher ed. amicus brief. Listen to the episode here. 

Impacts of Immigration Policy in the U.S.: Supporting your International Students and Campus

October 28, 2019

As the new school year starts, many campuses may be experiencing another year of declining new international student enrollments, feeling pressure to invest more resources in international recruitment and their international student support services, putting in place new efforts and programs to address the increased concerns and anxiety voiced by their international students and scholars,…


October 28, 2019

The California State University system, including CSU, Chico, joined over 164 colleges and universities from across the country this month in signing an amicus brief supporting the roughly 700,000 young immigrants who came to the United States as children and who hold Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status. This “friend of the court” brief was coordinated…

Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe University joins other colleges to support DACA case before Supreme Court

October 25, 2019

Brookhaven’s Oglethorpe University is supporting young immigrants who came to the U.S. as children under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals initiative as the U.S. Supreme Court is set to decide on President Donald Trump’s decision to end the program. See full article here.