Trump’s Anti-immigrant Policy – Hurting Graduate Schools And Global Competitiveness

A third-generation immigrant student graduates from university with his grandmother beside him.

by Tony Wyman The impact on graduate schools of Trump’s anti-immigrant policy If you attend a graduation ceremony this summer, one thing that is likely to catch your attention is the number of foreign-sounding names receiving advanced degrees, particularly ones in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) fields. Many of these students are the second- or third-generation offspring of immigrants, legal and otherwise, entering the United States to make a better life for themselves and their children and grandchildren. Like many immigrants before them, they have taken advantage of the…

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Trump’s Disordered & Opportunistic DACA Messaging & The Scapegoating Of Dreamers

photo of DACA participant ("dreamer") who is a teacher's assistant in her office

by Richard Cameron Trump’s DACA Messaging I’m seeing a lot of heated discussions about the Deferred Action for Child Arrivals (DACA) program and Trump’s handling of it.  If you’re following DACA at all, you are aware that it came into existence through an executive order signed by President Barack Obama in 2012.   The program provided for the children of illegal migrants that were brought to the US as children, to register with immigration authorities and remain for 2 year periods, then apply again at the end of the term…

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Senate GOP Leaves Large Openings For Non Citizen Residents In Obamacare Replacement Bill

by Richard Cameron The Senate’s version of the Obamacare replacement bill maintains a considerable degree of eligibility for non-citizens, including beneficiaries of DACA (Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals). Existing law – “Obamacare” includes provisions for immigrants with “Temporary Protected Status”, (TPS).  By definition, “Temporary Protected Status” involves (according to Wiki) “immigrants in the United States who are temporarily unable to safely return to their home country because of ongoing armed conflict, an environmental disaster, or other extraordinary and temporary conditions.”  The full list of present eligibility includes the following classifications: Lawful Permanent…

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