Immigration and International Students

The Issue

​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​​ACE advocates for comprehensive immigration reform that would support undocumented students who were brought to the United States as young children, as well as talented international students who would like to remain in this country following the completion of their studies here—particularly those with science, technology, engineering, or mathematics (STEM) degrees. The federal Development, Relief, and Education for Alien Minors (DREAM) Act, which ACE has supported since it was first introduced in 2001, would provide such students an expedited path to citizenship if they accomplish academic goals or serve in our military. ACE also supports reforms of the non-immigrant visa process, particularly the H-1B visa, which would enhance our nation’s recruitment and retention of highly skilled international students and employees.

Our Work
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Legality of Trump Administration’s Move to End DACA
Supreme Court Hears Arguments on Legality of Trump Administration’s Move to End DACA
The Supreme Court heard oral arguments Nov. 12 on whether President Trump’s decision to rescind the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy was done legally.
ACE, 43 Other Associations Submit Amicus Brief Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold the Legality of DACA
ACE, 43 Other Associations Submit Amicus Brief Urging U.S. Supreme Court to Uphold the Legality of DACA
Background on an amicus brief ACE and 43 higher education associations submitted to the U.S. Supreme Court on the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy.
Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on DACA Case
Amicus Brief to the U.S. Supreme Court on DACA Case
ACE and 43 other higher education associations submitted this amicus brief to the U.S. Supreme Court asking it to affirm lower court decisions keeping in place the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals policy the Trump administration rescinded in 2017.
Hundreds of Colleges and Universities Sign Letter Urging Congressional Action to Protect Dreamers
Hundreds of Colleges and Universities Sign Letter Urging Congressional Action to Protect Dreamers
More than 600 colleges and universities have signed a letter urging Congress act now to pass long overdue bipartisan legislation providing permanent protection for Dreamers.
House Democrats Renew Effort to Protect Dreamers, DACA Recipients
House Democrats Renew Effort to Protect Dreamers, DACA Recipients
House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled the latest version of the Dream Act, an effort to provide permanent legal protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to this country illegally as children.
Trump Administration Releases Final Public Charge Rule
Trump Administration Releases Final Public Charge Rule
​The Trump administration has finalized its plan to overhaul how the government evaluates whether an individual from another country, either already in the United States or seeking to come here, is “not likely to be a public charge.”
Letter to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship on Visa Delays
Letter to House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship on Visa Delays
Letter from ACE President Ted Mitchell to the House Judiciary Subcommittee on Immigration and Citizenship in advance of the July 16 hearing on USCIS visa delays.
Supreme Court to Review DACA Policy Protecting Young Undocumented Immigrants
Supreme Court to Review DACA Policy Protecting Young Undocumented Immigrants
The Supreme Court will review the Trump administration's decision to end the Obama-era Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) policy in its October term.
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Supreme Court Decision to Take Up DACA
Statement by ACE President Ted Mitchell on Supreme Court Decision to Take Up DACA
The Supreme Court will hear three DACA cases this fall. However, there remains an urgent need for Congress to pass a long-term legislative solution for Dreamers.
Letter Urging Senate to Pass Dream Act
Letter Urging Senate to Pass Dream Act
Letter to Senate leadership requesting they make legislation to permanently protect Dreamers a priority.
House Approves Dream Act, Sending Bill to Senate
House Approves Dream Act, Sending Bill to Senate
The measure would give young undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children a pathway to citizenship.
Letter to House on American Dream and Promise Act
Letter to House on American Dream and Promise Act
Letter to House leadership in support of the American Dream and Promise Act of 2019 (H.R. 6).
House Democrats Renew Effort to Protect Dreamers, DACA Recipients
House Democrats Renew Effort to Protect Dreamers, DACA Recipients
House Democrats on Tuesday unveiled the latest version of the Dream Act, an effort to provide permanent legal protections and a pathway to citizenship for undocumented immigrants brought to this country illegally as children.