FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
March 6, 2013
COLLEGE AND UNIVERSITY PRESIDENTS URGE MORE THAN 1,200 FELLOW EDUCATION LEADERS TO JOIN THE PUSH FOR SMART IMMIGRATION REFORM TO ATTRACT AND RETAIN THE WORLD’S LEADING MINDS
In an open letter to more than 1,200 university and college presidents across the country, the presidents of Cornell University, Arizona State University, and Miami Dade College are urging their fellow leaders in higher education to join them in pushing for smart immigration policies that will help attract and retain the world’s best and brightest.
Working with the Partnership for a New American Economy and the National Immigration Forum, David J. Skorton (Cornell), Michael M. Crow (Arizona State), and Eduardo J. Padrón (Miami Dade) announced that on April 19 they will host major events on their respective campuses to highlight the role of immigration in driving innovation and creating American jobs. They are encouraging others school presidents to follow suit. “By speaking with one coordinated voice,” they write, “we can best bring our message to the public and to our representatives in Washington, DC.”
In their letter, these three presidents stressed that America often trains the most talented foreign-born students in our top educational institutions, only to send them overseas to compete against us in the global marketplace because our immigration system does not provide an opportunity for them to stay. They also noted that many children who were brought here at a young age are prevented from attending college because of their undocumented status. These presidents have long been advocates for sensible immigration reform that helps bolster America’s economy. Read More