With State of the Union Address, President Takes Key Step Toward a National Conversation on Immigration Reform

By Victor C. Johnson

In November, NAFSA released a statement calling on President Obama to lead a national conversation on immigration reform. The president took an important step in that direction in last night’s State of the Union address.

The President has spent most of his first term responding to the immigration opponents’ position that they will not talk about immigration reform until enforcement is beefed up and the border is secured. He has deported record numbers of illegal immigrants and devoted unprecedented resources to our southwest border. Last night, the President cashed in that investment.

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The Importance of Staffers

January 05, 2012 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Rebecca Bacon

As any professional knows, hard work gets you far, but networking gets you even farther. At a recent visit to the Capitol Building in Atlanta, my colleagues and I had the privilege to meet briefly with the Georgia Governor Nathan Deal, to celebrate the signing of the International Education Week Proclamation in our state. My colleagues and I, who serve on an advocacy subcommittee for the Georgia Association of International Educators, had just spent a jovial hour chatting over coffee and planning our subcommittee duties for the new year before we headed to the Capitol for our photo shoot with the Governor. ... See More

Why I Attended Advocacy Day: My Student with One Name

December 14, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By Ashley Johnson

I have numerous international students sit across my desk daily--all with different backgrounds and stories to tell. Sometimes, as immigration advisors, we are accused of being too focused on the paperwork, the regulations, and the tiny-to-large fires to put out. I would have to admit that this is true. Most of the time, as hard as we try, it is easy to forget the human, non-paper aspect of what we do. Sound familiar?... See More

Always an Advocate: Running into Newt Gingrich in New Hampshire

December 06, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Regional Conferences

By Vincent C. Schaff

If you have a passion for your work, advocacy becomes second nature. My wife likes to tell the story of my “Cracker Barrel presentation.” We were on vacation sitting next to a large family group of about 12 people having breakfast. In the course of their meal, a conversation started regarding study abroad and Semester at Sea. I went out to my car, grabbed some materials and handed them out to the group and answered their questions. You can’t pass up those opportunities.... See More

Foreign Students Contribute to State, Local Economies: Global Connections in the West

By NAFSA

In the final installment of this week’s series featuring real-life stories about the positive impact of foreign students on state economies and communities around the country (see our posts on the Midwest,  Northeast, and South), we go out West. Foreign students spent $4.7 billion during the 2010-2011 academic year across the western states, according to NAFSA’s Economic Impact Statements released Monday. Overall, foreign students and their dependents contributed $20.2 billion to the U.S. economy in the same time period.... See More

Study Abroad and Global Education in the Spotlight on Capitol Hill

November 18, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Education Abroad

By Ursula Oaks

NAFSA – Goucher College Event “A Global Education: No Longer Optional” Draws U.S. Senators, Higher Education Leaders to Discuss Legislation, Challenges, and Innovative Solutions

Senator Barbara Mikulski minced no words in her assessment of new members of Congress who boast that they don’t have a passport. “How,” she asked, “can you do your job in government without an international education?”

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Time to Celebrate: International Education Week 2011

November 14, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Internationalization

By Katie O'Connell

Today kicks off the 12th annual International Education Week (IEW), a special week for NAFSA and our international education community.

One of the ways we’re celebrating is with today’s release of our annual Economic Impact Statements. The data reveal that international students and their dependents contributed an impressive $20.2 billion to the U.S. economy during the 2010-2011 academic year. This is nearly a $1.5 billion increase from the previous year.

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America’s Got Global Talent!

October 28, 2011 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Rachel Banks

Every fall, winners are announced for prestigious awards like the MacArthur Foundation Fellowships (colloquially referred to as “Genius Grants”) and the Nobel Prizes. The lists of recipients each year highlight a well-spring of talent based in the United States. They also highlight just how often global mobility and immigration play a role in sustaining this stellar track record of accomplishment.... See More

Partners in the Fight for Immigration Reform that Moves America Forward

September 29, 2011 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Heather Stewart

When it comes to advocating for comprehensive immigration reform, we often see only the difficult politics and the slow pace of progress. But sometimes we get a glimpse of hope, some concrete evidence that our efforts are making a difference, that we are being heard, and that others are taking up the cause and amplifying the energy and volume around this critical issue.... See More

Fight for DREAM Act Continues in Maryland

September 01, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Immigration Policy

By Jody K. Olsen, PhD

A Montgomery County, Maryland, high school principal and close friend told me in March of the number of top graduating seniors at her school who were undocumented and thus being denied access to many colleges nationally and required to pay out-of-state tuition at public universities in the state they and their parents called home.  The tuition difference was $10,000 to $16,000, making college unaffordable for most. They had worked so hard academically and dreamed of giving their talents back to Maryland.... See More