As a constituent, you have the right to expect your elected officials to pay attention to your opinions. Action alerts are a simple yet effective way to have your voice heard. Complete the action alerts here to tell your elected officials why these issues matter to you, and encourage your colleagues and friends to join you.
Urge Your Representative to Support International Students
Since taking office, President Trump has issued several Executive Orders that limit or prohibit entry into the United States by citizens of certain countries, commonly referred to as the travel ban. NACAC has consistently opposed these policies because of the negative consequences they have on US secondary and postsecondary education, including thousands of high schools and colleges that serve international students.
The House of Representatives is expected to vote soon on legislation that would repeal the travel ban. Contact your representative and urge them to support H.R. 2214, the National Origin-Based Antidiscrimination for Nonimmigrants (NO BAN) Act.
Encourage Your Senators to Support S.J.Res.56
Congress is soon expected to vote on S.J.Res.56, a Congressional Review Act resolution of disapproval on the Department of Education’s Borrower Defense to Repayment Rule (“Borrower’s Defense rule”). The Department’s rule would place the burden on students to prove they were defrauded and make it more difficult for their loans to be discharged.
Urge Congress to Support the College Affordability Act
The House Committee on Education and Labor recently passed H.R. 4674, the College Affordability Act. If passed, this bill would reauthorize the Higher Education Act (HEA) and would, among other things:
- Increase the maximum Pell Grant, index the award amount to inflation so that grant dollars would maintain their purchasing power, and expand Pell Grant eligibility to DREAMers and incarcerated individuals;
- Reduce and simplify the federal loan programs and repayment options available to students;
- Simplify the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) and improve the Public Service Loan Forgiveness (PSLF) program; and
- Restore critical regulations designed to protect students and taxpayers from unscrupulous colleges, such as rules covering gainful employment and borrowers’ defense to repayment.
Encourage your Representative to support H.R. 4674 today.
Encourage Your Senators to Support Dreamers
Senator Richard Durbin (D-IL) and Senator Lindsay Graham (R-SC) introduced S. 874, the Dream Act of 2019, which would provide permanent legal protections and a path to citizenship for individuals commonly referred to as Dreamers. This bipartisan legislation, if signed into law, would allow these individuals to remain in the US and pursue their education and careers without the threat of deportation.
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