Dear Presidents' Alliance Members,
We write to share new developments as Congress moves closer to introducing the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, this year's version of the Dream Act. This legislation would establish a road map to citizenship for Dreamers and Temporary Protected Status (TPS) holders in the United States, potentially providing relief to upwards of three million individuals. We expect the bill to be formally introduced next week.
 
Below, we share some of the latest policy developments on this effort, including a Presidents’ Alliance briefing call on March 14 th where we will provide the latest developments and advocacy opportunities; the Alliance's recommendations for this year's bill; our statement for the record for today's hearing ; and helpful resources. And don't forget, we have an upcoming webinar this week and convening on April 1st, more details below.
 
We look forward to continuing to update members on developments on this and other issues related to the Alliance's policy priorities.
 
Sincerely,
 
Miriam Feldblum & Jose Magaña-Salgado
Presidents' Alliance Team
Updates from Washington, D.C.
Briefing Call for Presidents' Alliance Members
As part of our effort to keep members informed about the latest developments on Dream and TPS-related issues, the Presidents' Alliance is hosting a conference call briefing for members on Thursday, March 14th at 1:00PM PST / 4:00pm EST.
 
On this call, we’ll have policy experts provide an overview on the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, talk about next steps for the legislation, and answer member questions.

To RSVP for the briefing call, please use this link .
Recommendations for the Dream and Promise Act of 2019
As part of the forthcoming introduction of the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, the Presidents’ Alliance collaborated with partner organizations to a develop a series of higher education-related recommendations for the bill.
 
These recommendations include expanding access to admissions, enrollment, and in-state tuition; expansion to access to professional licenses; and establishment of a grant program to fund university or college partners providing services to immigrant youth.
 
You can find the full list of recommendations here .
Our Statement for the Record
The Committee on the Judiciary in the U.S. House of Representatives is also holding a hearing on Dreamers and TPS recipients today, March 6, 2019.
 
As part of this hearing, the Presidents’ Alliance has submitted a statement for the congressional record, outlining the need to provide relief to this population; and sharing legislative principles for what future legislation should contain. You can read the full statement at the following here .

For more information about the hearing, including a list of witnesses, five of whom are either currently enrolled in, graduated from, or connected to higher education, visit the House Judiciary Committee's website . The Committee will upload written testimony for witnesses later today.
Helpful Resources
To illustrate the urgent need to protect Dreamers and enact the Dream and Promise Act of 2019, we share some helpful resources from researchers and advocates, including updated projections on the fiscal cost of ending DACA; and an overview of TPS, including the role of TPS holders in the economy and our communities.

Research
New American Economy - Texans for Economic Growth (on benefits of in-state tuition)
CAP - Updated Information on DACA renewals
Social Media Resources
FWD.us – Social Media Toolkit in support of over 70 DACA and TPS recipients, including a number of students from Presidents' Alliance campuses, who are in D.C. today to advocate for Dream Promise 2019. The toolkit has useful graphics, tweets, and hashtags.
CAP - video on DACA and TPS ("K-12 Educators explain how permanently ending protections for #Dreamers and #TPS holders would impact America's classrooms and communities").
DACA Litigation Resources
Upcoming Webinar: Helping Undocumented Students Pay for College
Learning from Higher Ed Innovators
Thursday, March 7, 2019 
12:00pm to 1:30 pm EST

TheDream.US and The Presidents’ Alliance on Higher Education and Immigration are co-sponsoring a Learning Circle that will cover:
 
·       Income Sharing Agreements: An emerging model to help DREAMers pay for their education and build a sustainable funding model; and

·       Financial Aid for DREAMers: Opening Existing and New Financial and Scholarship Aid to DREAMers – Opportunities and Challenges

We will feature leaders from ASU, Colorado Mountain College, Christian Brothers University, Jack Kent Cooke Foundation, and Better Future Forward who will share their innovative approaches and engage the attendees in a discussion on opportunities, challenges, and barriers in funding DREAMers’ college education.

Date:  Thursday, March 7, 2019; 12:00 to 1:30 pm EST
First National Convening of the Presidents' Alliance: Leading on Immigration
April 1, 2019 | Washington, D.C.
This one day meeting for Presidents’ Alliance members and partners will feature higher education leaders, researchers, policymakers, and immigration advocates. 
  • Why We’re All Here: Top Immigration Priorities for Campuses
  • What's Possible? Federal And State Advocacy
  • What Do We Need To Explain The Value Of Immigration To Policy-Makers, The Public, And Campus Communities?
  • How Do We Build A Strong Immigration Coalition?
  • What Is Our Role In The New Legal Landscape In Immigration?
Presidents and chancellors will have the opportunity to participate in key policy and strategy discussions, discuss top priorities for campuses & hear new research on undocumented, immigrant, and international students in higher education.
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