CGS Statement on the Trump Administration’s Proposed Immigration Agenda
    May 20, 2019

    On May 16, President Trump announced that the Administration is crafting a new “merit-based” immigration system that aims to significantly alter the recruitment and retention of those seeking U.S. visas. One of the stated goals of the proposal is to increase the number of highly-educated and highly-skilled international students and workers.


    “CGS is committed to working with the Administration to ensure that the U.S. remains a competitive choice for international students. This is the second consecutive year we’ve seen a decline in application and first-time enrollment rates of international students at our member institutions. We also support efforts to retain their talent domestically,” said Suzanne Ortega, President of the Council of Graduate Schools.


    CGS is, however, concerned that the proposal currently excludes a path forward for Dreamers. Also concerning is the potential adverse effect the proposal may have on the visa process for families and individuals seeking asylum.


    “We remain steadfast in support of Dreamers and will continue to urge Congress to pass legislation that gives them an opportunity to become U.S. citizens. Additionally, we simply need more information about the Administration’s plan and the exact impact it would have on these stakeholder groups and our higher education system.”


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