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Higher Education Leaders Urge House to Pass Comprehensive Immigration Reform

July 29, 2013

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“Our Immigration System Is Simply too Important and Vital to Our Nation to Let This Opportunity Pass,” Leaders Write

ACE President Molly Corbett Broad and the leaders of 12 other higher education associations wrote to members of the House of Representatives today, urging them to pass “meaningful, comprehensive immigration reform legislation” upon returning from the August congressional recess.

The Senate last month approved its immigration reform bill, the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013 (S. 744). That measure contains a number of provisions strongly supported by the higher education community, including the DREAM Act for undocumented students.

The letter to the House focused on three issues higher education would like to see addressed in any legislation passed in that chamber: the DREAM Act, modernization of the green card process for advanced degree graduates and modernization of non-immigrant visas.

“While we recognize that there are many possible paths toward a reformed immigration system, the need to modernize our immigration system is simply too important and vital to our nation to let this opportunity pass,” the higher education leaders wrote. “We urge you to promptly pass bipartisan immigration reform legislation that can be conferenced with the Senate, and ultimately signed into law by the President.”

Both the House and Senate will be going on their traditional August break at the end of this week and will return after Labor Day.

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