NAFSA Statement On Immigration Legislation

Apr 17, 2013, 14:17 ET from NAFSA: Association of International Educators

WASHINGTON, April 17, 2013 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The following is a statement by NAFSA Senior Advisor Victor C. Johnson:

"As an advocate for revisions to U.S. immigration law on behalf of international education, NAFSA applauds the Gang of 8's effort to create an immigration system that works. Introduction of bipartisan legislation in the Senate is a positive step that continues the momentum generated by the 2012 election.

"We look forward to working with Congress and the immigration community to ensure final legislation includes key visa and green card reforms needed by U.S. colleges and universities that host more than 760,000 international students who bring nearly $22 billion into the U.S. economy annually.

"To succeed in the long run, this effort must strike a realistic and humane balance between border enforcement and the promise of citizenship for 11 million immigrants who are already here. Requiring the fulfillment of unattainable or elusive triggers under the guise of border enforcement before allowing aspiring Americans to reach for the American dream is not viable reform."

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