The Art of the Possible: My Day at the White House

August 10, 2011 | Topics: Advocacy and Public Policy, Immigration Policy

By Lisa A. Nutt

I’m a big fan of quotes, sayings, proverbs, and all types of words of wisdom. I actually have a wall of them in my office and a running list that I add to almost daily. One of my favorites is “politics is the art of the possible.” That expression best captures how I feel after having attended President Obama’s Interfaith and Community Service Campus Challenge White House convening last week, along with representatives of 194 other colleges and universities from all corners of the country. There is nothing like being in a room with like-minded individuals—at the White House.... See More

“We aren’t always who you think we are” – Thoughts on Jose Antonio Vargas and the Immigration Debate

By Ursula Oaks

When I first heard about Jose Antonio Vargas’ campaign, Define American, the phrase was like a punch in the gut. Unlike Vargas, I’m not an illegal immigrant, and nothing about my appearance makes people wonder where I came from. But I am an immigrant, and like him and countless others, I have spent my life striving to live the definition of “being an American” that he articulates: hard work, a sense of deep pride in being here, and a desire to contribute.... See More

Michigan’s Friendliness to Immigration Seen as Key to Economic Development

By Peter Briggs

A need for economic transformation in Michigan has lead to some creative thinking and a new initiative from Republican Governor Rick Snyder that international educators should applaud. The Global Michigan Initiative aims to promote Michigan's economic prosperity by welcoming the best and the brightest from around the world and to include everyone in reinventing Michigan.

It starts with the premise that Michigan’s long tradition of reliance on a manufacturing economy will not return and that talent from abroad is key to fostering the innovation and entrepreneurship that will be the state’s way forward to economic revitalization. Snyder, a former business executive who is new to elective politics, has frequently voiced the opinion that it is in our state’s best interest to create an environment that is welcoming to immigration, and that includes international students and scholars. This does, of course, stand in stark contrast to so much of the anti-immigration policies that are sprouting up around the country.

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More Work to be Done on the DREAM Act

December 07, 2010 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Katie O'Connell

This may be the last chance for the DREAM Act to pass this year as the intense debate continues in Congress this week. Many of you have helped a lot along the way, and we need you again now to help dispel myths about the DREAM Act, and to keep up the pressure on Congress to do the right thing for undocumented students and for our country.

Yesterday the daily congressional newspaper The Hill published a letter by NAFSA’s CEO and Executive Director Marlene M. Johnson titled, DREAM Act is humane, good for the US economy. This letter reiterates several important facts about the DREAM Act which have been misrepresented in the current debate.

There are 3 simple things you can do to help, too:

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The DREAM Act Needs Our Voices Today

December 01, 2010 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Katie O'Connell

The DREAM Act has galvanized both supporters and opponents, and today the momentum – and the noise – is deafening. That’s because of anticipation that the Senate may move as early as this week to vote on the bill.

While the DREAM Act has enjoyed widespread bipartisan support over the years, you’ve probably heard the bill’s chances today aren’t great. However, the reality is that the opposition isn’t assuming victory – they’re flooding the Hill with faxes and calls. We need to be sure that we’re getting pro-DREAM Act letters to those offices too – to show support and to dispel myths about the legislation.

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Ireland Launches Five-Year International Education Strategy

By Kevin Dillon

Last week, Taoiseach (Prime Minister) Brian Cowen launched an ambitious new plan to establish Ireland as a hub of international education. With the aim of expanding international students in higher education by 50% and in English language schools by 25% over the next five years, the industry would contribute some 1.2 billion euro to the economy by 2015. Ten separate strategic aims are set out in the plan to achieve in the Taoiseach’s words, a reputation as “a world-leading provider of international education.”... See More