Florida university presidents push for immigration reform
Saying the need for comprehensive immigration reform is as much about economics as it is fairness, four
Florida State University President Eric Barron said “now is the time to act” on the Immigration Innovation Act of 2013, calling it a bipartisan solution. He said allowing foreign students who come to the
“We are truly a nation of immigrants where we know that education has driven the economic success of this nation,” Barron said.
Foreign graduates who stay and work in the
“Really it is very important for us to work closely and to support the visas for STEM graduates,” Genshaft said.
She and Barron joined Miami-Dade College President Eduardo Padron and
Foreign students who study in the
“We do not want to abandon the people that are already here,” Shalala said. The presidents said they are concerned bright students educated in Florida are forced to fees as if they are foreign students once they attend college, only because of who their parents are.
The Dream Act proposal is not a comprehensive enough solution, Shalala said. She said students need a clear pathway to know they can study and work in the
“I think we get one shot at this,” she said. “That this is the year of comprehensive reform for our immigration system.”