The RAISE Act is Bad for International Education and American Interests




Rebecca Morgan, 202.495.2553,
Kolbie Blume, 202.495.2528,

Washington, August 2, 2017— Today, President Trump endorsed a new Senate bill designed to cut legal immigration. The following is a statement from Jill Welch, Deputy Executive Director for Public Policy of NAFSA: Association of International Educators.

“The Senate bill introduced by Sens. Cotton and Perdue is another legislative disappointment by this Congress and moves America backward. This legislation goes against our founding values as a welcoming nation as it would close off America to the world.

“There is simply no denying the facts. Immigrants contribute to this country in numerous ways. Foreign students and scholars for example create, not take, American jobs. In the 2015-2016 academic year, data show that international students studying at U.S. colleges and universities contributed $32.8 billion and supported more than 400,000 jobs to the U.S. economy. America is already at risk for losing these benefits given our antiquated immigration policies that do not provide enough opportunities for people to enter the country legally. Proposing legislation that restricts opportunities, limits access, forecloses the American dream and keeps immigrant families from living with their loved ones will only harm this great nation.”