NACAC Urges Trump and Congress to find Common Ground on Immigration

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Arlington, VA (Jan. 26, 2018) — The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC) urges Congress and the administration to find common ground and move forward with policies that support DREAMers and promote student mobility across borders.

NACAC has long supported granting legal status to students who were brought to the United States as young children so they can continue their education and reach their full potential. Unfortunately, Congress has been unable to resolve this issue for more than 20 years.

The association is pleased that President Trump’s proposal, which is expected to be formally announced on Monday, would provide legal status to these individuals, commonly referred to as DREAMers.  

However, NACAC is concerned that other provisions in the president’s immigration proposal will jeopardize what is truly needed—a permanent solution for DREAM-eligible students. Comprehensive immigration reform, a topic on which there has been some bipartisan agreement, will require significant time and consideration by Congress. Helping DREAMers, on the other hand, requires immediate attention.

In addition, NACAC is concerned that imbedding contentious immigration provisions into a proposal to assist DREAMers will further encourage rhetoric that has already begun to make the United States a less desirable destination, particularly for international students.

“We urge Congress and the president to work toward a rapid resolution to take care of our nation’s DREAMers,” noted Joyce Smith, CEO of NACAC. “Providing a long-overdue resolution for our most vulnerable students should take precedence over all other considerations in this moment.”

The National Association for College Admission Counseling (NACAC), founded in 1937, is an organization of nearly 16,000 professionals from around the world dedicated to serving students as they make choices about pursuing postsecondary education. NACAC is committed to maintaining high standards that foster ethical and social responsibility among those involved in the transition process, as outlined in the association's Statement of Principles of Good Practice: NACAC’s Code of Ethics and Professional Practices.

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