The Power of Stories in DREAM Act Advocacy

September 20, 2010 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Immigration Policy

By Anne Galisky

It has been quite a week. Our documentary film, “Papers” went on sale the same day that Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid announced that the DREAM Act would be brought to the floor as part of the Defense Authorization bill. The DREAM Act would provide a pathway to citizenship for undocumented youth who graduate from high school and attend two years of college or serve two years in the military. It was first introduced in 2001, and many believe it has the best chance of passage this year, starting with a cloture vote tomorrow.... See More

U.S. Educational Exchange Programs Continue to Produce World Leaders

By Kyle D’Souza

In remarks delivered at her swearing-in ceremony earlier this month, Assistant Secretary of State for Educational and Cultural Affairs Ann Stock highlighted the positive impact that educational exchanges can have on participants and on U.S. foreign policy. Noting that “in the last six weeks alone, six of our program alumni have become heads of state or heads of government,” Stock went on to say that “through our ongoing contacts with these ‘alumni,’ we foster relationships with new generations and fuel an engine for change that is perhaps unprecedented in American diplomacy.” Next month, a seventh alumnus will become president of Colombia. These seven alumni and the programs they participated in include:... See More

House Ag Committee to Vote on Cuba Travel Bill Today

June 30, 2010 | Topics: Foreign Policy, Education Abroad

By Janice Mulholland

UPDATE: We congratulate Chairman Collin Peterson and the House Agricultural Committee for passing legislation to open travel to Cuba.

At 4:42pm on June 30, 2010, the House Agriculture Committee passed H.R. 4645, the Travel Restriction Reform and Export Enhancement Act, to restore the right of all Americans to travel to Cuba and expand agricultural exports to Cuba. The legislation will now go the House floor for a vote. That vote could happen later this summer.

Stay tuned for further opportunities to support this bill as it makes its way through Congress.

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NAFSA Resolution Urges Arizona to Repeal Anti-Immigrant Law

June 02, 2010 | Topics: Immigration Policy, Annual Conference

By Everett Egginton

I’m delighted that NAFSA’s members voted for and the Board of Directors approved a resolution I submitted for consideration at today’s business meeting here at the annual conference in Kansas City. The resolution calls for the immediate repeal of anti-immigrant legislation by the State of Arizona urges other states to refrain from passing similar measures; asks the U.S. Congress to act quickly to enact comprehensive immigration reform; and resolves the association to not hold national and regional meetings in the State of Arizona until the situation is rectified.... See More

Secretary of Education Arne Duncan Stresses the Importance of a Global Education

By Marlene M. Johnson

In an event yesterday sponsored by the Council on Foreign Relations (CFR) State and Local Officials Initiative, U.S. Department of Education Secretary Arne Duncan emphasized the importance of a global approach to education. Noting that the United States is experiencing both increased competition from and collaboration with other countries, Duncan described education as the great equalizer and connector, not just for students in American schools, but also around the world.... See More

A New Era for NAFSA Grassroots Advocacy – Connecting Our World

May 24, 2010 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy

By DeDe Long and Marlene Johnson

Over the past several years, the Internet and social media have dramatically transformed the ways we communicate with each other, keep in touch, and make our voices heard. Policy makers have also recognized that their constituents are organizing, speaking out, and listening online. More than 300 members of Congress have Facebook pages, President Obama reads blogs every day, and on the Hill, staffers who are informing the development of the public policies that impact all of us are avid users and consumers of these media and tools... See More

Solving Income Gap is Missing Link to Immigration Reform

By Dr. Robert A. Pastor

In a May 1 op-ed in the Washington Post, Bruce Morrison and Paul Donnelly make a compelling case for the need for a better system than E-verify to ensure that only legal workers secure jobs in the United States. Morrison, a former member of Congress from Connecticut who chaired the House Subcommittee on Immigration from 1989 to 1991 and served on the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform, and Donnelly, who served as communications director for the commission, are indeed no strangers to the complexities of the issue.... See More