“The American Immigration Lawyers Association (AILA) has put out a very helpful (and comprehensive) document on the many ways that immigration has changed since the Trump administration began in January 2017. You may find this document here: https://americanimmigrationlawyersa.app.box.com/s/s3gwp3n9mb88qxha4xsn8kx5dwhvb41i
This document is a good starting point for understanding current and possible upcoming changes which will affect both your international students and scholars, along with the U.S. immigrant population in general.”
Hello! Please see below for the latest updates on advocacy and outreach in the NAFSA community:
From Katie O’Connell, Director, Advocacy and Media Outreach, NAFSA
Path for Simon Study Abroad Bill in the Senate
This week is a critical moment in NAFSA's efforts to pass the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Program Act (S. 601). The Senate is currently drafting their version of the reauthorization of the Higher Education Act (HEA), and the best path forward for the Simon bill is to be included in it. You can help build support for the Simon program's inclusion in the HEA by asking your Senator to cosponsor the Simon bill now!
WHAT YOU CAN DO
1. Have 2 minutes? Email your Senators and urge them to cosponsor the Senator Paul Simon Study Abroad Act (S. 601).
2. Have 2 more minutes? Tweet at your Senators to urge them to cosponsor the #SimonBill and publicly show your support for study abroad.
3. Have 5 more minutes? Call your Senators to urge them to cosponsor the bill.
From Region VII:
NAFSA Advocacy Day: there’s still time to join your Fellow NAFSA's for Advocacy Day on March 19-20 in Washington, D.C.! After a day of training and strategizing, you will head to Capitol Hill to help educate Congress on how international education impacts our state and districts and why we need a more globally engaged and welcoming United States. Personal meetings will be scheduled for you with your elected officials and their staff in both the Senate and House of Republicans. As I’m sure you all know, this is an especially important time in our country to be a part of this!
This blog is to serve as a resource for those new in the International Education field and for those looking for support from likeminded professionals