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.   February 8,…

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.   Inside Higher…

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…

How Should Higher Education be Responding to Refugee and Migrant Crises?

July 27, 2018

International and first- and second-generation immigrant students make up an average of 30 percent of undergraduate populations in the U.S. . . . The stakes are higher than ever for colleges to support immigrant students on their campuses and in their communities,” said Miriam Feldblum, Executive Director of the Presidents’ Alliance.   Chronicle of Higher…

College Presidents Must Be Loud and College Presidents Must Be Loud and Clear in Support of Immigration

July 11, 2018

“Openness to underserved students in our country, as well as to the talents brought by international students, are at the heart of our mission as institutions of higher education. Today, recognizing the heritage of immigrants to this country, and making sure that we continue to be open to the future contributions of immigrants, should be…

DACA Lives, but for How Long?

March 5, 2018

I think we need to look in two different directions. We need to continue to advocate and lobby for a permanent legislative solution, but we also need to think ahead about how can we best protect our students if that doesn’t happen,”said Dorothy Leland, chancellor of the University of California, Merced, Member, Presidents’ Alliance Steering…

University Presidents Call on Congress to Find ‘Narrowly Tailored Solution’ for Dreamers

January 11, 2018

A group representing the top executives of more than 200 colleges wrote to Congressional leaders on Thursday asking for a “narrowly tailored solution” to the possible lapsing of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program.   Chronicle of Higher Education, January 11, 2018

New College Coalition for DREAMers

December 12, 2017

More than two dozen university and college presidents are joining forces to urge legal protection for undocumented “Dreamers” brought to the United States as children. The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration includes top officials from the California State University system and Utah State University, as well as the presidents of Harvard, Princeton, Georgetown,…