• Immigration

    Federal Policy Priorities

    • Support the passage and implementation of the DREAM Act.
    • Provide states with full authority in setting tuition policy involving undocumented students without undue influence regarding federal funding.
    • Relieve problems associated with the valid acquisition of H-1B visas and EB green cards.

    State Policy Priorities

    • Encourage states to provide qualified undocumented students with the ability to enroll in public postsecondary institutions, access to in-state resident tuition rates and to state student aid grant programs.
    • In states that do not have a policy regarding tuition pricing for undocumented students, provide institutions with the autonomy to set the policy.
    • Encourage states provide in-state resident tuition rates to all student citizens who can demonstrate an affinity to the state, regardless of the immigration status of their parents.

    Summary

    AASCU supports strong, comprehensive immigration reform including passage of the Development, Relief and Education of Alien Minors (DREAM) Act. Every year approximately 65,000 undocumented students graduate from high school in the U.S. These students are first generation immigrants who were largely raised in the U.S. and consider themselves to be Americans. Passing the DREAM Act would clarify existing federal immigration law to allow states to determine the tuition status of undocumented students. It would also strengthen access to federal loan and work study programs for qualified undocumented students. Student qualifications may include those who were brought to the U.S. under the age of 16, have resided in the U.S. for five or more years, have graduated from a U.S. high school, and are individuals of good moral character who are pursuing postsecondary education to qualify for permanent residency status. AASCU believes that states’ authority over tuition policy must be preserved and respected.

    Absent Congressional action on the DREAM Act, AASCU supports the June 2012 administrative action that enables immigrant students to stay in the U.S. as long as they are enrolled in an institution of higher learning.

    Undocumented students who graduate from a state high school, document state residency and demonstrate intent to obtain U.S. citizenship should be eligibility for in-state, resident tuition rates. States should be discouraged from efforts to prohibit or restrict undocumented students from enrolling in public institutions.

    Immigration and Visa Control of Foreign Students

    Current law permits exemptions from the annual visa cap on H-1B visas for the academic community. AASCU supports legislative changes that would raise the current annual limit on new visas issued for employers.

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