NAFSA Public Policy Blog

The NAFSA public policy team provides commentary and resources on a broad range of topics related to international education and policies that will create a more welcoming and globally engaged United States. Read the latest entries from NAFSA's public policy team below, or browse all policy posts on advocacy and public policy; foreign policy; immigration policy; and visa policy.

 

Five Years of DACA: DREAMing of a More Secure Future

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...

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Members of Congress Welcome International Students and Scholars

By Mary Giovagnoli
On May 23, 2017, Representative Gerald Connolly (D-VA) urged his colleagues in the House to remember the important contributions of international students and scholars, noting that in these troubled times, we must redouble our efforts to be a welcoming nation...

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

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DREAMing of a Bipartisan New Year

 By Heather Stewart
In a year-end bipartisan near miracle, Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) have come together to propose a bill to provide protection for young immigrants who have been granted or are eligible for protection from deportation under Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA. DACA is an executive order...

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Trump's Claims Undermine Trust in Democracy

 By Lisa Rosenberg
President-elect Donald Trump’s fabricated claims that undocumented immigrants have voted in numbers large enough to sway the popular vote undermines citizens’ trust in our democracy, undercuts the legitimacy of U.S. democracy abroad, and demonizes undocumented immigrants while diverting attention...

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Why Study Abroad Matters...

 By Mark Farmer
As former Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said, “In the 21st Century, a quality education is an international education.” The global skills, knowledge, and experiences that are gained while studying abroad have a profound impact...

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We Cannot be Bystanders – We Must Vote!

 By Fanta Aw
On October 31 at 3:56 p.m., I reported to the designated voting center to cast my early vote. Given what is at stake during this election for both my adopted country the United States, and for the world, I was not about to take any chances and miss my opportunity...

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Unpacking Trump’s Immigration Speech: Let’s Report the Facts

By Lisa Rosenberg
The United States must foster policies and practices that welcome international students to our institutions of higher education. Misstating the facts about immigrants in this country not only distorts the policy debate, but also...

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Welcoming and Educating Syrian Refugees

By Lisa Rosenberg
This week, the United States welcomes the 10,000th refugee fleeing the violence and turmoil in Syria, thus following through on a promise made by the Obama Administration last year. More could and should be done. NAFSA urges Congress and the next administration to...

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UPDATED: Voting Rights Restored in Texas and Wisconsin

By Lisa Rosenberg
Adding to the string of recent victories for supporters of voting rights, the 4th Circuit Court of Appeals struck key provisions of North Carolina’s discriminatory Voter ID law. The court said, “The new provisions target...

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The United States Can't Afford a Broken Immigration System

By Heather Stewart
International students and professionals are critical to the strength and well-being of communities across the entire United States, yet their impact is too often overlooked or taken for granted. By delaying meaningful immigration reform, we risk...

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Empty Supreme Court Seat Produces Immigration Reform Non-decision

By Heather Stewart
The Supreme Court, deadlocked at 4-4, rendered a terse, nine-word, one-sentence non-decision on the executive actions known as DAPA (Deferred Action for Parents of Americans) and DACA plus (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). The absence of one Justice on the bench deprived more than five million people of the just recognition they deserve...

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Creating a More Welcoming United States through Immigration Reform

By Heather Stewart
As international educators, we understand that global learning leads to a more engaged and welcoming United States, and a more secure and peaceful world. To be fully realized, these goals require a functioning immigration system. Our immigration law is the face the United States presents to the world. When it is broken, when the welcome mat is only out for some or pulled away entirely...

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Join NAFSA’s Cuba Engagement Initiative

By Hanan Saab
In late 2014, President Obama announced that the United States would be charting a new course on Cuba. The news was warmly welcomed by proponents of education diplomacy who had been advocating for improved policies to support U.S.-Cuba relations for a decade. To mark the one-year anniversary of the president’s historic announcement, NAFSA launched the NAFSA Cuba Engagement Initiative, building on the organization’s longstanding focus on...

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Children Denied Education in the United States of America

By Heather Stewart
Do you know there are children in the United States of America being denied an education? The Associated Press reports that in at least 35 districts in 14 states hundreds of unaccompanied minors from El Salvador, Guatemala and Honduras have been turned away from schools, discouraged from enrolling, or pushed into programs that cannot...

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Why Ending the U.S. Embargo and Travel Ban on Cuba Matters

By Hanan Saab
As relations between the United States and Cuba continue to thaw and meaningful ties between both countries are strengthened, many believe that we’re on a glide path to full normalization. In less than two years, the Obama administration has issued five rounds of regulatory changes to ease travel and trade with Cuba...

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What Kind of America Do We Want to Be?

By Jill Welch
While campuses were celebrating the best of what international education has to offer during International Education Week, troubling events (and many troubling responses to those events) were dominating the media. Just over a week ago, we witnessed horrific attacks in Paris and Beirut, and last…

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