Eight presidents of Utah colleges and universities are calling on Congress to pass immigration reform.
The signers of the new letter include the presidents of the University of Utah, Utah State University, and Utah Valley University.
Immigration reform has largely faded from the headlines, but the presidents demonstrate that some groups are pushing to bring it to the forefront again.
They support making it easier for foreign students to obtain visas to study in science and engineering fields.
They also express support for the DREAM Act, writing that it would generate economic activity in Utah.
“Many of our future bright students came to this country as children and have been unable to take advantage of an American education and contribute to our economy because of their status,” the presidents write.
A study by the Brookings Institution found that 5,332 people from Utah applied for the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program between August 15, 2012, and March 22, 2013. Deferred action is being awarded to some undocumented immigrants who came to the United States as children.
The presidents conclude their letter by noting, “Meanwhile, too many people are living in the shadows unable to join our work force, gain an education, and contribute to the economy they live in while we face real worker shortages and slow economic growth.”
- “Utah College and University Presidents call for Immigration Reform,” Deseret News.
- Utah University Presidents’ Immigration Letter
- “Immigration Facts: Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA),” Brookings Institution.