Why the Fate of DACA Depends on a Clean Dream Act

September 18, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Mary Giovagnoli

NAFSA's Career PrintOn September 5, the Trump administration ended the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, phasing it out over the next six months to press Congress to act on a legislative solution before March 5, 2018. From that day forward, DACA expirations will not be renewed; roughly 1400 individuals will lose their DACA protection each day. The vast majority of DACA recipients have no other avenue to remain in the country legally, which means the expiration of DACA puts them at risk of... See More

Living in Midair: Life as an Undocumented Youth

August 17, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Lina Maria Lenis Gonzalez

Dreamer ProtestingIn life, there are some experiences that others can try to relate to and genuinely feel sympathy and compassion for but never truly understand unless they’ve lived those experiences themselves. Being undocumented in the land of the free and home of the brave is one of those experiences and marks you forever. For twelve years, I felt like I was living in midair—I considered myself American, but my feet could never touch the ground because the government I so admired didn’t consider me one of its own. Although by textbook... See More

Is Anyone Welcome Here? Slashing Legal Immigration Will Not Make America Great Again

August 14, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Mary Giovagnoli

Last week, amidst much fanfare at the White House, Senators Tom Cotton and David Perdue introduced the Restoring American Immigration for a Strong Economy (RAISE) Act, a bill that dramatically restricts legal immigration to the United States. The President has enthusiastically endorsed the bill as a mechanism for protecting American jobs and restoring our economy, but the legislation is built on a series of falsehoods and myths about immigrants that have been spread and nurtured by anti-immigration supporters—many of whom are now in the Trump Administration—for years... See More

Five Years of DACA: DREAMing of a More Secure Future

June 15, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Mary Giovagnoli

Five years ago today, former President Barack Obama announced the creation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, one of the most significant administrative immigration decisions of the past twenty years. With DACA, many undocumented young people who entered the United States before the age of 16 were given the opportunity to live in the United States, attend school, and work without fear of removal. Although it is a temporary reprieve, as DACA provides... See More

U.S. Airstrikes Must Be Turning Point in U.S. Syrian Refugee Policy

April 10, 2017 | Topics: Immigration Policy

By Heather Stewart

Agree or disagree about what action the United States should take in Syria, but the U.S. missile attack on Syria last week must be a turning point in U.S. Syrian refugees policy. It stands to reason that if the President of the United States could not turn a blind eye to an indiscriminate chemical attack that killed scores of civilians in... See More

Tips for Surviving in a Time of Immigration Uncertainty

By Dan Berger and Stephen Yale-Loehr

On March 6, the White House released a revised travel ban Executive Order that further highlights the uncertainty that international education professionals face in 2017. But before we dive into the revised order, let’s take a moment to discuss (as best we can) 12 frequently asked questions that have emerged since the original Executive Order was issued in January.... See More

Advising in the Face of Uncertainty

By Dan Berger

After the recent executive orders from President Trump, this blog provides some tips on advising in the face of uncertainty. There are detailed, practical resources produced by NAFSA that will continue to be updated. NAFSA also cites other reputable resources available for you to use and refer to. This is more critical than ever because of the amount of misinformation and... See More